The Bee Team
Encouraging, enthusing, educating and inspiring children in the wonderful world of all bees, beekeeping, nature and the environment. The Bee Team is a volunteer-led group and was established 5 years ago with 2 colonies of honeybees and one after-school club, in the grounds of a local primary school in Kendal. Now, we manage 2 apiaries with 10+ colonies and welcome children and young people, individuals, schools and community groups from across the local area to our wonderful apiary.
"Your bees are amazing and small. What wonderful bees you have! How beautiful bees are! You are amazing.”
- Sophia B, age 7, March 2021
All 450 pupils in our school, from nursery to year 6, have multiple ‘bee- experiences’ during their school career and as such we are very experienced at sharing our bees with children of all ages! Beekeeping is a great catalyst for learning and covers every subject in the curriculum in a unique way. To say the children are enthusiastic is an understatement!
The Bee Team are always keen to share their knowledge and are able to conduct wonderful tours of the apiary and our outdoor learning environment for all visitors. Learning can cover a variety of topics from the plight of drones, the importance of year round forage, the history of wax and how it is made by the bees and many more!
Talks & Presentations
Our popular summer ‘Bees & Teas’ are a wonderful way for groups and clubs to spend a memorable and unique afternoon experiencing the wonder of bees with the next generation of beekeepers.
The ‘Bees & Teas’ afternoon, around 2 hours long, includes a warm welcome from our beekeeping children and an informative and entertaining discussion about bees and beekeeping, including ‘Who’s who in the hive?’ This can take place outdoors, or if we get a typical (wet) Cumbrian summer’s day, in our comfortable bee room (with indoor observation hive!). You may enjoy a honey tasting session, sampling our award-winning Bee Team honey, with advice and help from The Bee Team with identifying the different flower sources the honey was made from. We also visit our apiary and Bee Hide, where you can watch in safety, but up close, as the children inspect a hive, teaching you and showing you in detail the workings of a colony.