Urban Beekeeping Workshop Dates at St Ermin's Hotel
The St Ermin's Hotel, Westminster, home to over 350,00 Buckfast Honeybees, is holding a series of taster urban beekeeping workshops during summer led by beekeeping guru, Camilla Goddard of Capital Bee.
The two hour workshops outline the complexities of bee society and 'bee-haviour'; highlight the close relationship between bees and flowers and give guidance on what to plant, when and where and how best to site hives in gardens or allotments. Participants also visit London's first 'Bee & Bee'hotel on the hotel's third floor bee terrace to get hands-on experience handling bees, managing their hives and collecting raw honey.
“The St Ermin's six active hives are doing well again this year, producing on average 25lb of honey each year, helped by the fantastic range of flora in the surrounding royal gardens and parks. London's only Bee & Bee at the hotel is also doing well, providing a welcoming stopover for solitary bees and a host of other friendly creepy crawlies!” said Camilla Goddard.
Besides their continued support for London's growing Urban Beekeeping movement, St. Ermin's Hotel has also installed a Roof Kitchen Garden. This means plenty of bee-friendly plants for the colony to utilise as well as greenhouses and space to grow fresh, fruits, vegetables and herbs for use in the Hotel's signature restaurant, The Caxton Grill.
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