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The Natural Beekeeping Trust aims to promote awareness of sustainable beekeeping which is determined by our understanding of the essential needs of the bees. The NBKT is a key contributor to new directions in apiculture whose work in developing bee-centred, treatment-free, beekeeping has been featured in many national and foreign media. 

The charity's work is carried out entirely by volunteers. 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.  Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to further our work. 

The charity takes an unequivocal stance against neonicotinoid pesticides and works  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 bi-annual 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. 


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The next Beekeeping Event

  • Talk: Varroa destructor or Varroa instructor?

    Heidi Herrmann, one of the founder members of the Natural Beekeeping Trust, will adress the Annual General Meeting of the Essex Beekeepers Association with a talk about varroa destructor in the context of beekeeping as well as the wider discussion of modern threats to bee colony health.

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    When: Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 9:30am

    Where: Runnymede Hall, Thundersley, Essex

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Our next Beekeeping Course

  • Sun Hive Workshops

    PLEASE NOTE:  Workshops are extremely popular. The September workshop is nearly full. If you have already requested a form please send it to at your earliest convenience to secure your place. 

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    When: Friday, 14 March 2014 - 5:30pm, Friday, 16 May 2014 - 5:30pm, Friday, 26 September 2014 - 5:00pm

    Where: The Bee Classroom,, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex

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