Mid Kent Beekeepers a branch of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association

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About our association

We are a branch of the Kent Bee-Keepers’ Association covering the Mid-Kent, Maidstone and Swale areas of Kent.  Our branch has over 90 members and is run by an elected committee of volunteers to represent the interests of our membership promoting responsible beekeeping through regular meetings, education and disease management. We are a branch that has a diverse membership, from new beekeepers, professional keepers through to well-seasoned experts. We maintain an active Facebook Page and a members-only WhatsApp group so please join in the discussion, we look forward to seeing you there.

Beekeeping Course 2022 

Mid Kent Bee Keepers are running an Introduction to Beekeeping course for 2022 are will be confirmed at Bradbourne House teaching apiary.  This is a weekend course for beginners and those in their first year of beekeeping.

The course will cover basic bee biology, bee handling, equipment and hives, bee diseases and the beekeeping year – with a focus on the practical aspects of becoming a beekeeper.  The tutors are Dez Leach and Keith Underwood.

This is the course that was planned for May last year but had to be postponed.  We are pleased to be able to offer it this year, although there will still be some restrictions.  It will need to be held outside and numbers will be limited. The clubhouse will be open for tea/coffee and toilets.

The cost of the course is £95.00 and includes 6 months membership to the Mid Kent branch of KBKA, a course book and other teaching materials.  Refreshments will be provided but participants will need to bring their own lunch. Bee suits will be provided for those who have not yet purchased one. 

To  book a place on the course please email Marj Underwood at membership@midkentbee.org.