As I am on a mission to help honey bees. To accomplish this I would like to make beekeeping accessible to everyone, but not to the determent of the honeybees.
Bees for bees sake.
What you see here is what I call a HONEYBEEcote' or BEECOTE'
Much like a dovecote' is for doves this is for honey bees. Inspired by VICTORIAN architectural style but staying with the functionality and ethos of the GARDENERS BEEHIVE.
The Gardeners Beehive on which this is based and built was derived from years of patient study of honeybees living in the wild. In the wilds of Africa, Europe, even Cuba and Essex!
Even with the Victorian exterior and romanticsum, the functional ethics is far removed from the Victorian stance where man is master of his environment and everything must bend and bow to him. Existing Beekeeping is still based on this ideology even the equipment has not changed in 200 years! I believe there probably is a place for honey production and farming but this is not it.
Just a quick overview of what a Gardeners Beehive is and how it works. I have followed bees living in trees for years, from this I have tested aspects that make them successful, in many cases more so than any kept honey bees. Each aspect I have tested that has then shown to have positive results has then been Incorporated into my HONEYBEE BEEHIVE NEST BOX, the GARDENERS BEEHIVE. and like a bird box it is expected to be a safe haven for wild creatures to live and thrive. So much so that just as a bird box is expected to be self populating so is the GARDENERS BEEHIVE! This is one of many aspects that makes this quite unique.
But unlike a bird box where one would not expect meat or eggs, a dovecote' was intended to not only be a thing of beauty but also a thing of practicality supplying the house with meat and eggs and the kitchen garden with fertiliser. This was done without the need to farm the birds but rather to leave them up to their own devices, and merely provide a safe haven.
So to with the GARDENERS BEEHIVE. We provide a safe place for the honeybees and in return they provide much needed service of pollinating our gardens. But a number of years ago I encounter an anomaly, something strange.
From this I was able to build something that is completely unique in the world and not only in the beekeeping fraternity.
The Gardeners Beehive is a self-regulating honey harvesting system.
Thus so is what we have here the BEECOTE’
Now you can have something of wonder and beauty in your garden, that will provide you with a harvest of guilt free honey, at the same time as providing a safe and natural haven for a colony of honey bees.
If you would like to find out more about how the Gardeners Beehive came into being, how it evolves and how it works. Working with the natural quirks and systems of honey bees. Working with, without taking advantage off. If this is something you think you might like find out more with the link bellow.
A ball roof cap, however if you have a specific theme in your garden I am more than happy to have something bespoke made for you
Clover detailing on the legs
The pedestal for the Honey Box to rest on
A Victorian Ball feature
a similar clover detaining on a Victorian building
The inspiration for this also taken from a Victorian building
The Gardeners beehive is intended to provide as many hones for bees as possible, with every one getting involved.
The BEECOTE' is not that. It still has the beehosting ethic but is for a more discerning customer. If you have a lovely garden or a wonderful walled kitchen garden, as much as we love the Gardeners Beehive, it would be out of place.
For these locations I have created the BEECOTE' a thing of Victorian elegance, that would take pride of place in any English Garden. There is one problem though.
As this can not be sent by curior, it is a personal delivered service only. This way I can spend a little time with you and or your gardeners, I can help with the selection of a location and well as set it up for you.
I can give an over view of how and why the Gardeners Beehive is and has come about as well as just how bees will live in your hive.
This hive dose not come with Bees, however there are a number of things that can be done to help improve your chances. Additionally I can provide a service where I can set up bait hives and once one gets bees I can transfer them across for you into your BEECOTE'.
This is a price for one day, including time to drive to you and back. If there are other requirements or if I need to stay over this can then be discuses and it is not a problem at all.
One GARDENERS BEECOTE'
basic price start from £ 1, 200.00
Hive as you see it here.
Two honey boxes included (not shown)
difference roof caps
If you would like it made in solid OAK
We do engraved plaques:
In Loving Memory of ...
This is to commemorate ....
Happy Birthday .....
These can be in wood, brass, copper or stainless steal ether
laser etched or routed engraved.
A level area needs to be provided of 1.3m x 1.3m so I can lay down some slabs for the hive to stand on.
Delivery with in 4 hours drive from Stansted in Essex is included. Any additional travail or accommodation must be arranged prior to paying. If would like a hive to be flown abroad and then assembled on site, I am more than happy to do this to.
The roof is made with real slate, and then nailed in with solid copper nail's.
We use a bee friendly paint, and there is a large palet to choose from if you have a specific colour in mind.
The landing board is a solid oak, and if you would like a landing area roof I can do this for you to.
Something exiting is I am working on an integrated honey box sliding gate. This will have three functions. it can seal off the hive from the honey box of allow assess, but then it also incorporates a bee escape to allow the honey box to be evacuated of bees so to allow removal with no bees inside.