Keeper’s Lodge, Kennington Park, SE11
Since 2008 we have had use of Kennington Park’s Keeper’s Lodge and it is the home of Bee Urban. We have worked extensively to transform the unused garden and derelict outbuilding, carving out new growing beds, planting fruit trees, soft fruit, nectar-rich plants, herbs and flowers. Our apiary is home to ten bee hives and you can read all about them on our apiary page.
We have constructed a large timber outbuilding – ‘The Bee Barn’ – which provides a space to facilitate our beekeeping operations. It is also used as an educational resource for beekeeping demonstrations and training sessions. The site is open to the public for events and open-access sessions.
We provide outreach work across South London and the building is available as a space for groups, where we do gardening, ecology and beekeeping. We have two volunteer days a week which have regular volunteers from the local community who help maintain the site, as well as being a space for school children and vulnerable adults to learn new skills and spend outdoors in a safe and nurturing environment.
Open weekends are held where the public have the opportunity to see the project and get involved.
The building is constructed with an ecological dimension – it has a living, intensively planted green roof, and has been built using sustainable reclaimed materials and plants. In the long term we aim to install renewable energy sources. All planting has been designed to be nectar rich according to RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and BBKA (British Beekeepers Association) guidance.
We also have an anaerobic digester and solar water heater from our work with Loo Watt and Imperial College, and a cob oven for summer social events.
There are constructive volunteering opportunities at Bee Urban; these include gardening, beekeeping, construction/carpentry, cob oven construction, cooking, candle making, papermaking and more. If you would like to get involved please click here.
Honey is available from the Kennington Park Cafe or from us on our open days.You can see when our open days are by going to our events page.
Bee Urban also offer loan of equipment to the community for beekeeping, construction and horticultural activities.