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Have you ever dreamt of becoming a beekeeper?

Maria, a local resident living on the Gascoigne Estate has dreamt about becoming a beekeeper for many years - and so the Bee School project has been created!

It’s all going to kickoff with a free half day course in April.

Following the introduction session we hope to invite a large group of residents to take part in a more structured programme of learning, to become beekeepers over a few weeks in the summer. We hope that people who are interested in looking after their own colony will be excited by these new opportunities and will sign up to come along!

About the project starter

Maria has spent some years working outdoors on a children’s garden project and growing her own vegetables and has developed her interest discovering the important role of the bees in a sustainable environment.

She became fascinated and quite interested to not only explore their lives, but also understanding the importance of what is happening within the colony.

About the beekeeping tutor

Eric Beaumont has kept bees in London for 15 years and works locally to raise awareness of beekeeping and wider environmental issues.


Introduction to Beekeeping 1/2 Day Course

Sunday 15 April
Session 1 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Session 2 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Dagenham Farm, Central Park Nursery, behind Rugby Club, Rainham Road North, RM10 7EJ

Apply to take part in this free course:

What will happen on the day

This workshop will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping. Experienced beekeepers will cover the fundamental requirements for bee and hive management, and will give you a real feel for the art of beekeeping and a good understanding of whether or not this is craft you wish to pursue.

Protective beekeeping suits, gloves and all other equipment will be provided.