Barkston Ash Beekeepers is a branch of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association.


Barkston Ash Beekeepers association takes its name from the former parliamentary constituency that covered the area between Tadcaster and Selby.  We are a friendly crowd, meeting in the village hall in Church Fenton during the winter months and at our fantastic apiary during the summer.


The purpose of the association is to support our members in their beekeeping and promote beekeeping in the wider community.  We run courses for new members, both theory and practical and through our meetings ensure our members are aware of the latest developments in beekeeping.


In 2009 we established a permanent association apiary that is used for teaching, on-going training and demonstrations to the public.  Beginners are encouraged to keep a hive in the apiary during their first year of beekeeping.


Beekeeping is a fascinating pastime.  It raises awareness of the natural world around us and integrates us into our environment.  The passing of the seasons takes on more significance and beekeepers are always aware of each type of flower as it blooms and dies.  Bees are remarkably sophisticated creatures and their biology and behaviour would provide a lifetime of study.  And then they produce honey and wax!  Honey is one of natures wonder foods and there is much evidence that natural honey enhances well being.  Beeswax can be made into candles, polishes, cosmetics etc.  In addition beekeepers can produce pollen, propolis and royal jelly.  No two beekeepers manage their bees in the same way and the different methods and theories result in hours of heated debate whenever beekeepers get together!


If you are interested in keeping bees or just want to know more, then we would be delighted to welcome you to our association.  For more information about joining us, take a look at our Membership section on this site.

© 2017 by Barkston Ash Beekeepers (BABKA)

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