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Beekeeping Newsletter November 2021

Mantel Farm is a family run garden farming business located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside
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Mantel Farm Beekeeping - November 2021

Winter tasks and new training courses for 2022.

Winter tasks...

Even with the hives now closed down we have seen at the entrance the bees continuing to collect and forage on the abundance of ivy nectar and pollen around our hives.   We have popped mouseguards on, closed the entrance size and added insulation over the crown boards, so now Josh can turn his attention to cleaning the spare hives and equipment before storing for the winter.  There are many ways to clean your equipment, and we have chosen to use environmentally friendly options; maybe they do need a little more effort than some other methods but we strongly believe in working with our environment, so Josh has put together a short video to share the products and methods we use here.  If you have any questions or would like any more information, please let us know.

 

Recording our Apiary inspections...

During this year's beekeeping Josh began to record our apiary inspections, these videos we hope will add to the training we provide for new beekeepers, becoming a reference point for current activities and keeping the information you have gained on your course fresh in your mind as the beekeeping season progresses.  We hope these videos will also provide a platform for you to share questions and information along the way and over the winter we will be planning key topics and information to cover next year so please do let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover.

 

New courses for 2022...

We are also pleased to announce a couple of new beekeeping courses here at Mantel Farm.  As well as our Beekeeping beginner courses we can now offer a Beekeeping improvers day, perfect for beekeepers in their first or second season, this course will cover the key topics of beekeeping, giving a chance to meet up with beekeepers at a similar stage to yourself, ask any questions you have and share experiences you have had so far.

 

We can also offer a hive building workshop, so if you are looking to expand your beekeeping next year or need spare equipment why not join us for a fun day learning how to correctly make a beehive and then take home your assembled hive at the end of the day.    

 

Our Beekeeping course dates are now available to book on our website, along with our gift vouchers, making perfect Christmas gifts.

 

We hope the start of your beekeeping has been successful and look forward to hearing how you are getting along

 

With our best wishes, 

Kerry, Josh, Roger and all at Mantel Farm

 

 
Hive cleaning.

Cleaning your hive equipment...

A short video from Josh and Roger

 

See the products and methods we use to clean the apiary equipment before storing ready for the new season....

 

 
Book now...

Beekeeping Improvers Day...

New course for 2022...   

Join Oliver St.John for a great day for novice beekeepers wanting to improve their knowledge, refresh their understanding and share experiences to help you through your first years of beekeeping. 

 

This course is follow-on from our beginners course and is for those who already have bees.    The course will also provide a good understanding for those wanting to take the BBKA Basic Assessment which is run by local Beekeeping Groups.

 
Book now...

Hive Assembly Workshop...

New course for 2022...

A fun practical day  spent learning how to assemble a beehive from a flatpack kit.  All tools, fixings, and flatpack hive parts are provided. 

 

You will take home a fully assembled cedar National Beehive and frames .  This workshop follows on perfectly from our beekeeping taster day to make a full beekeeping weekend.

 

 
Gift Vouchers...

Mantel Farm Gift Vouchers...

A great present for any garden farmer...

Why not solve your present buying worries with unique Mantel Farm Gift Voucher?  Our vouchers can be usesd in our shop, for animal holidays or for any of our courses and workshops.  Valid for 12 months. 
 
 
Fire Briquettes...

Keep warm this winter with our

Bee-Kind Heat Logs...

UK Made product from waste beehive materials...

These heat logs are made in the UK, 100% natural, recycled cedar wood and red wood sawdust and shavings. 

Compared to logs wood briquettes burn hotter for longer (making them more economical) they are much cleaner to handle and produce less spitting when lit.  They also produce lower tar residues.  With no glue or additives, 100% renewable energy from compressed cedar wood and redwood sawdust and shavings...

 
Book now...

Bumblebee Experience Day...

Including  a years free membership to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust...

Keen to find out how to help the other pollinators in your garden or ensure you are beekeeping in a sustainable way? 
 
Join Nikki Gammons from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to learn how to identify our most common bumblebee species that you will find in your garden.  With a mix of theory and practical tips for identification, we will have a look at finding and identifying the bees around our farm
 
 

 

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