There is a growing interest in beekeeping in Singapore, thanks to a handful of local beekeepers who are on a mission to protect bee populations, educate people about the importance of bees and how to handle them safely. So where can you learn beekeeping in Singapore? Here are three individuals who run courses on beekeeping locally.
1.Bee Amazed Garden
Ex-primary school vice principal John Chong decided to open BEE aMAZEd Garden, a bee education centre at Kampung Kampus, located in Yishun. This humble facility has a garden for bees, a bee observation gallery, educational aids and an area for classes and workshops. For those keen on observing bees in Singapore, this is a good place to do so.
BEE aMAZEd Gardens offers several education programmes including garden tours, bee education classes, and even basic beekeeping. In addition, the education centre also provides organisations a CSR opportunity to adopt a hive. So far, John has hosted school visits to his centre, and welcomes group bookings.
BEE aMAZEd Garden is located at 91 Lorong Chencharu, if you would like to arrange a visit, drop John a message at his website or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also listed on his site are details of his beekeeping course.
2. Association of Beekeepers (Singapore)
Lesster Leow, an experienced beekeeper of 18 years, started the Association of Beekeepers (Singapore) to share his knowledge, increase awareness of the need for bee conservation, grow the hobby of beekeeping, and importantly, change the negative perception of bees locally.
This is Singapore’s first official beekeeping club and authority on apiculture related matters. Members are invited to activities and taught a beekeeping curriculum, which covers topics such as equipment, hive inspection, catching a swarm, pests and diseases and feeding, among others.
Lesster gained his insights from working with African honeybees in Uganda and Rwanda, where he eventually trained locals to become beekeepers and in turn, were able to improve their living standards.
Wish to learn beekeeping? Fill in this form and submit it to Lesster Leow at email@example.com.
Xavier Tan of Nutrinest is a self-taught beekeeper who conducts bee rescue operations in Singapore. He has rehomes bees to the three bee gardens he manages, including The Ashram, a halfway house in Sembawang, Temasek Shophouse in Orchard, and Jurong.
Xavier conducts bee garden tours, bee education events and honey appreciation workshops. To find out more about Nutrinest, visit their website or contact Xavier at firstname.lastname@example.org.