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Apiary clean-up day
5th September 2020 @ 10:00 - 17:00
The apiary requires a number of maintenance jobs before winter. Some of the trees and bushes in both the apiary and the garden need pruning and the grassed areas require attention.
We don’t hold gardening tools and equipment at the apiary so please can you bring your own. The netting behind the apiary needs repair so if anyone can bring a ladder, that will be much appreciated. To make the area outside the shed safer, the slabs, which were installed in a temporary way earlier in the year, need to be re-laid. We have slabs, sand and cement but no mixing shovels or other equipment to bed the slabs.
We also need a couple of people to compile an inventory of the contents of the apiary shed as this is required for our insurance.
We will brief you on COVID-19 procedures that form part of the risk assessment for this activity and any PPE, such as hand sanitizers, that is required. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions it will not be possible to include a hive inspection demonstration and we may have to split the work over several sessions. The sessions will be in either the morning or afternoon. You will need to provide your own food and drink, and please bear in mind we
won’t have access to the school toilet facilities.
If you would like to help, please contact Sandra Simpson (Apiary Manager) soon, as we need to inform the school of our plans well in advance. The dates are:
Saturday 5th September, morning and / or afternoon
Saturday 12th September, morning and / or afternoon .
As an incentive, a small amount of surplus beekeeping equipment will be available for purchase for those attending these sessions. Details to follow in the September newsletter.
Sandra Simpson, Apiary Manager