We started keeping bees at Hen Corner in August 2011, although our journey to Plan Bee began long before then. In October 2012, at the end of our first full season, we were awarded First Prize for Best Honey in London and now run Bee Keeping courses here at Hen Corner.
‘The interactive nature of what were doing made the course all the more memorable and fascinating.’ Natalie B, Heart (Four Counties) Breakfast Show Host.
Listen here for interview by Natalie B
Christmas 2008 My husband, Andy, bought me both a book on Beekeeping and a place on a course at River Cottage .
May 2009 I joined the team at River Cottage HQ and held a frame of honey bees for the very first time.
June 2010 Andy and I did the British Bee Keeper Association Basic Assessment Training Course.
August 2011 Our first colony of bees arrive here at Hen Corner.
September 2012 We collected our first full honey harvest.
October 2012 We were awarded First Prize at the National Honey Show – Best Honey in London! See our blog post here
Summer 2013 Our bee keeping courses continued to be popular, we increased to three colonies of bees and I passed my British Bee Keeping Basic Assessment.
Summer 2014 Our courses were often fully booked after being advertised in Country Living Magazine & Website and we were pleased to win a prize for our Honey and Oat Cookies at the National Honey Show.
Summer 2015 We were delighted to come home from the National Honey Show with an armful of awards.
Our Introduction to Bee Keeping Courses can be found here and our Full Day Bee Keeping Courses can be found here.