Farnham Beekeeping Association is one of the 8 Divisions of the Surrey Beekeeping Association, and covers the south-western corner of the county. There is no fixed boundary for membership, and we do have some overlap with both the Guildford area and with Fleet, in Hampshire. Broadly speaking we stretch from Bentley in the West through Elstead to Godalming and Shamley Green to the East and from Baghot and Camberley in the North to Haslemere in the South (see membership area map). Besides Farnham and Guildford, Surrey has Divisions in Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Reigate, Weybridge and Wimbledon.
Surrey BKA is an independent Charity but is an Area Member Association of the British Beekeeping Association.
Our main purpose is to support and encourage the craft of beekeeping, and the activities we undertake to achieve this vary widely, as you can see elsewhere on the website.
To the public we give advice on swarms, collecting them where possible, and we give information on bumblebees, other bees, wasps, etc. We have beekeepers on the Waverley District Council register and the Surrey Police register.
We are very keen that the general public should be better informed about bees and their importance in the environment. To help with this we visit local schools, WIs, and other societies to give talks, often bringing one of our observation hives (in the summer season).
Members are often found on our stand at local fairs and fetes during the summer season, eg Tilford Village Fair (see our Events page), showing bees in our observation hive and selling local honey, and also at events at the Rural Life Centre such as Rustic Sunday and Activity Thursdays during the school summer holiday.
Our apiary is based in the grounds of the Rural Life Centre at Tilford in Surrey. During the main season (April to September) members meet every week to inspect our hives, learn, seek advice and talk beekeeping.
FBKA apiary documents for 2017 season:
If you have any questions, would like to join the association or visit the apiary, please contact:
Margaret Lennard firstname.lastname@example.org