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.
Sun Hive-making workshops are open to experienced beekeepers; beginners by arrangement.
The workshop will take place over two and a half days and will involve weaving the straw skep baskets which are built to precise measurements.
The workshop is organised jointly between the Natural Beekeeping Trust and Tablehurst Farm and takes place at the Trust's classroom in Ashurstwood, West Sussex.
The price includes tuition, pre-made wooden hoop frames, support structures, copy of Sun Hive book and organic lunch and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday (Bring and Share supper on Friday).
A course booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment in full. A course booking taken without payment will be treated as unconfirmed and the Natural Beekeeping Trust may accept another confirmed booking in its place.
View images from previous workshops on our Facebook page
Read more about the Sun Hive - A Biodynamic Initiative
Find out more about Tablehurst Farm
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