Welcome to The Gravesend Branch of the Kent Beekeepers Association.
The Gravesend Beekeepers are based and meet at Cobham Hall, an independant school for girls.
The school is set within 150 acres of parkland which is registered as organic and managed under strict organic rules. The parkland is also a registered park and one of the most important Repton designed landscapes in the country.
In addition to woodland, wood pasture, managed lawns and wildflower areas, the parkland includes grazing pasture which is currently home to a herd of outdoor reared organic cattle.
The opportunity arose to set up an out apiary at Cobham Hall School following discussions between the Gravesend Beekeeper’s committee and the Head of Science at the School, now a branch member. For the School, the association provided the opportunity for hands on science experience and particularly the study of different social structures in the environment which bee colonies fit perfectly.
Negotiations commenced in July 2011 with the Bursar et al. The Gravesend and District Beekeepers are very pleased and thankful that Cobham Hall has generously allowed the Beekeepers to use some of their facilities, conduct meetings, run courses and maintain a branch out apiary.
Various sites for the apiary were considered and resolved when the Estates Manager suggested an ideal underused area, protected on all sides with room for plenty of colonies if necessary, on the far corner of the site.
Work commenced in the spring of 2012 and we now have the added advantage of having newly built (by the members) a large secure storage and activity outbuilding.
We are now looking forward to a busy and productive 2013.
Cobham Hall is an independant
day and boarding school for girls.
Celebrating 50years of Achievement.
OPEN MORNING – Saturday, 16th March 2013 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Click on the link below for Contacts and Admissions to arrange a personal visit.
Click here www.cobhamhall.com/ for further information about Cobham Hall Girls School