PDBKA provides opportunities for experienced and beginner beekeepers to attend training programmes which can lead to the completion of the BBKA modular assessment schemes .
PDBKA training programmes are currently run by Julia & Martin Hoggard. Julia is a highly experienced beekeeper and trainer. She and Martin run the Brigsteer Bee Reserve, just outside Kendal. More information about Julia, the Bee Reserve and her training programmes, along with course feedback, can be found at www.BeeEd.org.uk
Links to further information and application forms for courses can be found in the main menu.
The Association Apiary at Acorn Bank has been used for PDBKA members to pass the BBKA ‘Basic Skills in Beekeeping’.
PDBKA’s Introducing Beekeeping and Improver Beekeeper Courses are designed to prepare members for the next step of gaining more formal accreditation.
Follow this link for further Information about the BBKA assessment modules :
At the end of the summer season PDBKA Members can attend a session where honey extraction is demonstrated and they can gain some ‘hands on’ experience. This is included in the Summer Programme
PDBKA have at least one honey extractor available for loan to our members. To arrange to borrow it contact Maire Maguiness Tel: 01931 716782 e mail : or click here to apply online
When it is available, the honey extracted from the Association’s bees at Acorn Bank is sold at local events and at the National trust shop at Acorn Bank. Members are also invited to provide PDBKA with their honey for sale at events where PDBKA is represented.
COOKING WITH HONEY
Honey is nutritious!
John Crouch, Cumbria’s Celebrity Chef has provided PDBKA with a collection of delicious recipes which include honey as a significant ingredient.