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We support beekeepers in the Stockport area through courses, meetings and events. We also educate organisations and the public about honey bees and the craft of beekeeping. New members are always welcome!


From The Chair

I'm Peter Carefoot, the Chairperson of Stockport Beekeepers.  We are a branch of Cheshire Beekeepers Association and have been supporting bees and beekeepers from Stockport and surrounding areas since 1969. We have over 200 members from an area ranging from Partington, Glossop, Macclesfield, Wilmslow as well as Stockport. We aim to provide a supportive and fun place where beekeepers can learn and exchange ideas.

Our Mission

  • Promote beekeeping and bee welfare in our area

  • Provide education, support and training

  • Pass on bulk purchase discounts to members on certain beekeeping products

Woodbank Apiary


The SBKA teaching apiary is located at Woodbank Park, Park Lane, Offerton, Stockport where it shares a fenced, secure site with Woodbank Community Food Hub in conjunction with The Kindling Trust. 


For sat navs, use postcode SK1 4HW to find Little Moor Lane and drive just past the Woodbank Community Association building to the car park at the end. Continue through the narrow yellow barriers to the car park. In the top right hand corner there is a footpath exit onto Park Lane. Turn left, through the vehicle barrier and continue for approximately 100 meters. The apiary is on the right through the first set of metal gates. Marked Woodbank Community Food Hub on Google and Apple maps.These are locked at all times so visits must be arranged.


The apiary moved to the current site in March 2016, sharing the facilities with the Woodbank Community Food Hub allotments.


The whole site is fenced and fully secure with a kitchen, meeting room and toilets. 

The apiary is securely fenced all round with separate storage facilities for all the equipment. There is also outdoor seating for courses, outdoor meetings and equipment maintenance. The Beginners Practical Beekeeping Course is held annually through May and June. 

During the main beekeeping season hive inspection days are usually Wednesday or Thursday depending on the weather. Members can join these sessions by contacting the Chairman or the Apiary Manager via the group WhatsApp. 


These people are elected representatives who volunteer their time to help make our beekeeping association buzz

Peter Carefoot



Branch Secretary


Events Manager

Paul Wheeldon

Vice Chair and Librarian

Dave Lilley

Apiary Manager

Dermot Carty

Apiary Assistant

Alistair Taylor


Alan Towse

School Liaison


Francesca Pilkington

Honey Show Manager

Liz Sparkes

Education Secretary.

Tony Shield

Mark Davis

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