St Albans news by Christine Aitken

We start our Beginners Course, with 24 participants, on the 9th February 2011.

St Albans Beekeepers’ have a full programme of  ‘Meet the Public’ events lined up for 2011 as well as our usual Apiary meetings at Prae Wood and winter meetings at the United Reformed Church Hall. The programme will be posted on the SABKA website as well as the HBKA website and those members without email will receive a paper copy.

Apiary Clean-up Day is Saturday 26th March. We meet at Prae Wood Apiary for a 10am - 12pm session. Following on from the hedge planting working party earlier in the month it is planned to clear new areas where we can site the returning hives. This will be a large task so plenty of volunteers please.

Oaklands Apiary session is from 2pm - 3pm.

Prae Wood Apiary

It is intended to move hives back into Prae Wood in the Spring. As this is our main teaching apiary, Richard Peterson is preparing a new hive location map to incorporate existing apiary members and prospective new beekeepers on our ‘Hives for All’ scheme. Apiary members will be expected to mentor the beginners. The same expectations apply to Oaklands Apiary.

As seen in the January 2011 newsletter of the St Albans and District Centre of the National Trust:

National Trust news from Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence by Sue Morgan, House Manager

We were part of the National Trust ‘Bee Part of it’ project, which introduced bee keeping to properties throughout the country and gave new hives to established beekeepers. Our beekeepers Anne and David Wingate, won second prize in the National Trust Honey Competition. Their success will come as no surprise to any of us who buy and sell this fabulous product. We know that people make the journey to Shaw’s Corner especially for the honey….

So no wonder David won the Cup at our November Honey Tasting Social. Congratulations to you both.

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