All abuzz about beekeeping

BEE whisperer Leigh Slater will give a talk about beekeeping early next month. The July 11 session at the Lachlan Community Hill will be hosted by Derwent Valley Honey and it follows a previous gathering when more than 30 current and intending beekeepers got together at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk.

Established last year, Derwent Valley Honey conducts events and welcomes new members. They provide assistance and advice for anyone looking to set up a beehive and they have a presence at the New Norfolk Market on most Saturdays.

As well as selling local honey at the market, they have also been offering honey and lemon and honey and ginger tea as a winter warmer. The group’s main aim is to promote beekeeping in the Derwent Valley. It also provides a swarm recovery service as well and an “adopt a beehive” program.

The beehive adoption service gives new beekeepers an opportunity to set up with the help from Derwent Valley Honey and assistance with honey production. Local honey producers can collaborate under a cooperative-type arrangement, providing their honey to Derwent Valley Honey, which then packages and markets the honey for sale.

As well as the July 11 information session, Derwent Valley Honey is offering a Beekeeping for Beginners course to be held over two months starting in mid-September. Anyone interested in joining the group, learning more about the popular hobby of beekeeping or attending the activities, can look up the website at or go to Derwent Valley Honey on Facebook.

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