I had the good fortune to attend the first UK Natural Beekeeping Conference held near Worcester from 5th to 7th August 2011. The event was held at the seasonal conference centre created by “Green and Away”, a tented location on an old plant nursery site. The site is designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, having solar water heaters, solar and wind electrical energy, composting loos and wood fired, open-air showers!
The conference was organised by the natural Beekeeping Alliance, which comprises Friends of the Bees and the Natural Beekeeping Trust, represented respectively by Phil Chandler and Heidi Hermann. Speakers included - Phil Chandler, Heidi Herrmann, David Heaf, Adebisi Adekunle, Brigit Strawbridge, James Fearnley, John Harding, Andy Pearce, Nicola Bradbear.
As with all conferences one of the aims was to meet other, like-minded people. There was plenty of time for chatting during tea and meal breaks (and the food was delicious!).
The talks were all fascinating, and it was a joy to not be PowerPointed to death! There were demonstrations of all of the major natural beekeeping hive types, given by regular users (except the Perone hive, which was ably explained by Andy Pearce, who has obviously done an immense amount of research).
It is hoped that another conference will be held in two years (2013). I, for one, am looking forward to it!