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Course details

Sun hive workshop

Starts: 13 October 2012 09:30
Ends: 14 October 2012 17:00

Rachel Carson Centre (in the grounds of Emerson College), Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX

The Sun Hive (Weissenseifener Haengekorb) forms the core of the Natural Beekeeping Trust's commitment to bee guardianship.

Based on an ingenious combination of skep baskets made of rye straw and wooden support structures, the hive is intended to be installed at a height of at least 2.5 metres (8 feet). The shape of the hive harmonises with the movement gesture of the bee colony and enables the bees to design their brood nests according to their own innate criteria. The hive was designed by German sculptor Guenther Mancke, and represents the fruits of many years of research into the nature of the honeybee colony.

The workshop will involve weaving the straw skep baskets of the hive which are built to precise measurements. The wooden hoop frames and support structures will be available ready-made and may be purchased separately. The programme will also include a talk about the ideas underlying the Sun Hive as well as a brief visit to hives already inhabited. The workshop is held jointly by the Natural Beekeeping Trust and Tablehurst Farm.

Cost: £120 including biodynamic/organic lunch and refreshments. Please note that this is an 'external' workshop and as such the 20% Friends discount does not apply.

Contact: or telephone 01342 822101.

For further details about the Sun Hive, please go to

If you require overnight accommodation, rooms may be booked directly from Emerson College; please telephone 01342 822238 or to reserve a single or twin room in one of Emerson's student houses, which are situated in the beautiful grounds of the College.

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