RESIDENTS wanting to have a go at bee-keeping can go along to courses being held at Webbs garden centre in Wychbold.
Professional bee-keeper Chris Broad established eight hives in the Riverside gardens three years ago which provided hundreds of jars of exclusive Webbs’ honey to sell in the Webbs Food Hall.
Chris and his wife Susan, from Bromsgrove, run Saltway Honey and he will be again be passing on his knowledge and expertise.
During the sessions, he will answer all the questions a prospective bee-keeper needs to know – from costs, time commitments and suitable hive locations to potential problems affecting bee-keepers.
The three hour course includes two hours with the Webbs bee hives in the garden with protective bee suits provided. The third hour will be an indoor session outlining the next steps including equipment, local training courses, recommended reading and answering questions.
The Bee-Keeping Taster Course will run on a choice of Sundays – the first one is next Sunday (April 17) and the rest are on May 15, June 12, July 10, August 7 and September 18. Each session takes place from 10am to 1pm and the three hour courses, including refreshments, are £25.
Chairman Ed Webb said Chris was an expert who would pass on his enthusiasm for bee-keeping as well as his knowledge and skills.
“It will give people a great insight into whether this is a hobby for them.”
Booking in advance is essential either online at www.webbs.co.uk or in-store.