Please note that this workshop was originally due to be held on 1-2 September 2012 and has been rescheduled to take place on 22-23 September 2012.
The Sun Hive (Weissenseifener Haengekorb) forms the core of the Natural Beekeeping Trust's commitment to bee guardianship.
Based on an ingenious combination of skep baskets made of rye straw and wooden support structures, the hive is intended to be installed at a height of at least 2.5 metres (8 feet). The shape of the hive harmonises with the movement gesture of the bee colony and enables the bees to design their brood nests according to their own innate criteria. The hive was designed by German sculptor Guenther Mancke, and represents the fruits of many years of research into the nature of the honeybee colony.
The first Sun Hive workshop will take place over two days on 22-23 September 2012 (rescheduled from 1-2 September 2012), priced at £120 and will involve weaving the straw skep baskets which are built to precise measurements. The wooden hoop frames and support structures will be available ready-made and may be purchased separately at a cost of 100 pounds sterling. The programme will also include a talk about the ideas underlying the Sun Hive as well as a brief visit to hives already inhabited.
Please note that this is an 'external' workshop and as such the 20% Friends discount does not apply.
If you are unable to make the September dates, repeats of the workshop will be held on 13-14 October and 11-12 November 2012 at the same location.
If you require overnight accommodation, rooms may be booked directly from Emerson College; please telephone 01342 822238 or email email@example.com to reserve a single or twin room in one of Emerson's student houses, which are situated in the beautiful grounds of the College.
please contact (as soon as possible) either:
Heidi Herrmann: 01342 82 2101 / 07925 372524
Penny Crowder: 01342 82 2224 / 07817 880325
Peter Brown 07803 032283
Ninette Sapir: 01342 82 6374
or Plaw Hatch Farm: 01342 81 0201
We can cover an area of about 15 miles from Forest Row, Sussex RH193RX
And here is help for swarms in areas of the country we do not cover:
For Surrey and South Essex please contact Chris Cook on 07847 393182 or 01306 500067