The Natural Beekeeping Trust promotes awareness of sustainable beekeeping, which is determined by our understanding of the essential needs of the Bee.
Our aim is to be a key contributor to new directions in apiculture and our work in developing bee-centred, treatment-free, beekeeping has been featured in many national and foreign media. We are confident that our beekeeping approach of "giving to the bees" as opposed to "taking from the bees" is an appropriate and necessary response to the situation in which pollinators, in particular honeybees, find themselves today. Of the things we give to the Bee, the most important is our keen attention, for it is clear to us that now is the time for the Bee to speak and for us to listen.
We take an unequivocal stance against neonicotinoid pesticides and work with environmental campaign groups in bringing the risks posed by pesticides, particularly to bees, to public attention.
Our trustees and associates offer courses, seminars and talks in the UK and abroad and organize conferences
We encourage "bee guardianship" - keeping bees for the bees' sake - and advocate organic/biodynamic gardening and farming. Our apicentric approach is guided by the wisdom of the bees insofar as we are able to encompass it, and supported by sound science.
Although the bulk of the charity's work is carried out by volunteers, we have managed to secure the services of a part time assistant (as at February 2015). Her services are paid for by your donations, for which we are greatly indebted. If you would like to donate, please use the button at the top right of this page, or see our bank account details here. If you would like to volunteer please contact us.
In the area around Forest Row, Sussex, please contact either: Heidi Herrmann: 07895-107318, Peter Brown 07803 932283. Rachel Hanney 0774 7793775 or Heidi Herrmann: 07895-107318
For Surrey and South Essex please contact Chris Cook on 07847 393182 or 01306 500067
For West Oxfordshire and East Gloucestershire please contact Gareth John 07766 461440