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Penrith Beekeepers was first established in 1902.
It is a branch of the Cumbria Beekeeping Association and is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association.
Although it welcomes beekeepers from all areas of Cumbria, its members mainly come from Penrith and the communities in and around the Eden Valley.
Penrith Beekeepers Association aims to:
- promote and improve beekeeping in order to help beekeepers control the diseases and disorders of honeybees in the local area.
- raise the general public’s awareness of the importance of bees, the threats to their survival and how they can be supported.
During the winter there is a programme of regular meetings and social events. During the summer most of PBKA’s meetings are held at the Association Training Apiary at Acorn Bank (the National Trust Property at Temple Sowerby just outside Penrith). These meetings give members opportunities to learn more about beekeeping issues and exchange knowledge and news. Occasionally visits are made to members’ hives.