High Weald Beekeepers Association need a new Apiary. Can you help?
The HWBKA are a thriving association whose members look after colonies of hived bees across Wealden and train new generations of beekeepers. Our central apiary will soon become unavailable and we need to find a new home for our bees and our association activities as soon as we can. Would you be able to donate or rent a small parcel of land to us?
Our bees’ basic needs are a half acre plot in a varied landscape where they can be protected and managed with access to water. We need to have vehicular access so that we can move equipment.
In an ideal world our beekeepers would love to have access to a lodge or small building (or permission to erect) to be used for classroom based activities, association meetings and processing hive products (honey, beeswax etc.), thereby necessitating ease of vehicular access, water and electricity.
Our minimum needs are:
– Half an acre of land where hives can be protected and managed. This could be in an existing designated wildlife area.
– Access to water
– A shed or small barn to house equipment (which we would be happy to erect if none were to hand
– Vehicular access.
Our nice to have’s are:
– Hard standing for a number of cars (normally at weekends from March to September when we run our courses).
– A lodge or small building (or permission to erect) to be used for classroom based activities, association meetings and processing hive products (honey, beeswax etc.), thereby necessitating ease of vehicular access, water and electricity.
In return our bees will work hard pollinating your plants, hedgerows, trees and crops. They will produce honey and beeswax. The seeds, fruits and berries of bee pollinated plants are eaten by birds and small mammals, making bees the guardians of the food chain and the biodiversity of species. Various grants are also available for wildflower meadow development and similar.
Wild bee colonies are in decline; therefore beekeepers play a critical role in maintaining bee numbers and safeguarding the health of the honey bee. The more beekeepers we have, the more healthy bees will be available to pollinate our food and our landscape.
If you could help us directly or indirectly identify a new home in the Wealden area from which we can continue to pursue association activities and train new generations of beekeepers, please get in touch.