220_picnic_v2Martineau Gardens in Birmingham is tackling the plight of the Honey Bee with a Bee Keeping course this coming Saturday, 21st May.  The aim is to encourage people to find out more about bees and take up the craft of beekeeping.

The British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA) claims that ‘one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on pollination’. By encouraging people to find out more about bees through this course, Martineau Gardens hopes to raise awareness of bees needs.

our_filmsThe course is a taster – some of the things that would-be beekeepers will be able to find out includes the difference in lifestyles between bees and wasps; how the hive is affected by human input and what happens inside; what a bee colony is and even sample some honey in a tasting session. All participants get to don a bee keepers  suit and have a close-up encounter with the bees, examining bee hives at close quarters. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the organically maintained community garden, Martineau Gardens, in Edgbaston, and is led by John Gale, Martineau Garden’s Beekeeper and a member of the BBKA.

The course runs from 10am until 5pm, cost is £50 and must be booked in advance.

More details are available by calling 0121 440 7430 or clicking here.  The Gardens are at  27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG.