Help BBKA raise funds for our new schools learning Apiary which will be a live resource for learning about the environment and pollinators

Our plans include

  • wildlife pond for frogs and newts and as a source of water for the bees
  • planting to maximise forage throughout the year
  • accessible pathways for the elderly and those in wheelchairs
  • sensory garden
  • building with a glass or Perspex panel so those either allergic to, or scared of bees, can still see them up close
  • hives from all around the world 

Our offices in Stoneleigh provide the perfect location for our new visitor centre as we are in the heart of England and can welcome visitors from all over the UK. Children will come with their school classes and learn about bees and mini-beasts and food security and have a live bee display with one of our beekeepers.

Lots of children get ‘bitten by the bug’ this way and with their interest in beekeeping awakened, will return to it in later years. It’s imperative we train a new generation too as the average age of a beekeeper in the UK is 65. Our redevelopment is just in the design phases at the moment but will be open to the public in 2021. We need to raise a huge amount to cover the capital costs in the building phase.  Any help you can give will make a real difference to beekeeping in the UK.

Alongside all the fantastic work outside...

We will make a shared learning space of our hall, change the access route to make space for larger groups and have disabled toilets installed.

With all this in place we will be able to teach different groups (but particularly school children) about our messages about the importance of bees, issues around food security and the fragility of our environment.