Ashford & District Beekeepers Association was founded in 1975 and has a membership drawn from the beekeepers of Wicklow, now numbering 120. We are a community organization with a diverse membership; people of all ages, from all walks of life drawn together by their love of bees and appreciation of nature and the environment. Our volunteers provide education, training and mentoring to anyone who asks, and we have members throughout County Wicklow, as far north as Bray and as far south as Gorey.
It is generally well-known that Ireland's bee population is in serious decline and we are trying to do our bit to help by raising awareness of the importance of these creatures.
We also recognize that we provide a sense of purpose, belonging and an important social outlet for many of our community.
For our members, we offer a whole host of benefits:
• An annual practical beekeeping course for Beginners
• We supply bees to beginner beekeepers in our area and support them with ongoing mentoring
• An annual Improvers’ Course
• We encourage ongoing education by supporting members in their studies for national beekeeping exams
• Free monthly lectures with a guest speaker
• Organized annual outing to the national beekeeping convention in Co. Meath