This page is for organisations, who would like a service, contract and to buy in balk.
Farmers Gardeners Beehive is built specifically for you guys.
With a bespoke contract or arrangement specific to your needs.
We offer a system of having beehives on site with the minimum amount of aggravation, hassle and cost.
From supply only.
£200.00 + P&P / hive kit if buying 5 or more at a time.
To a partly or totally all-inclusive contract.
If you chose the convenience of a contract here are some of the items you can have:
Training for people on site. (This will cover aspects like, hive location, what to do to protect the public and fellow worker, hive life cycle and what to look for and expect at different times of the year and so on.)
Site survey. I do a free walk round and basic training with each delivery. However a full site survey will give you a documented survey of your site outlining potential siting locations and how many hives your site can support as well as a system of adding hives over a number of years if so required.
Supply and install
We will not only supply but we can install as well.
This includes the three common location areas.
Install on the ground, ether with or with out a base.
Install in trees.
Install on walls, this can be done in a number of ways including for listed waled gardens we do a stainless steal strap that fits on the top of the wal with no damage to the historic integratery of the structure.
Quarterly inspections, there are basically four fazes, in the annual life of a honey bee colony, we can come and inspect your hives and give a written report of feed back to stake holders, this is great for annual reports, and company magazines, even local news papers.
DAFRA (department for environmental food & rural affairs)
If you wish to take a little honey from your hives, we can register and update and control all dealings required by DAFRA.
Liability insurance. For peace of mind, if your present insurers do not provide cover for beehives, we can provide cover under our existing umbrella.
Honey. A great PR tool. If you would like a little honey, we can provide as service where we will install honey boxes, then monitor and remove then process the honey for you. You will receive your bounty either as honey in the comb or in jars as runny honey. (This is only available as a bolt on to the quarterly service contract. Please note this is not a beehive for honey and as such, honey production can be sporadic, as it is environmentally dependent.)
Moving of hives. We provide a service where we can move hives if for whatever reason they need to be relocated.
Swarm caching. We generally do not advocate the caching of swarms that are not withing your area, however if you have hives that are empty we do have a service where we will catch and install swarms for you on site.
These are just a few services we provide and can help with.
With everyone well aware of the plight of honey bees and and all help, real help that is, is always very well received by the general public and industry.
Pollination security is have a system where you can measure the amount of potential pollination bugs you have, This can be relying on:
Imported bought in bumble bees
or by having honey bees kept by beekeepers
or by having GARDENERS BEEHIVES
Where do you get your pollinators? Bought bumblebees or by luck from wild bugs.
With the Gardeners Beehive :
Reduce the total reliance on bumblebees in boxes
Increase Honey Bee number without suppressing existing pollinators.
Increase pollination security. with out having to have beekeepers.
In addition to the wild bugs, here you will have wild bugs in a box that can be measured. A Gardeners Beehive is low maintenance and most monitoring can be fully automated and done remotely.
Once installed, the hives have to baited until bees move, or local flying swarms can be installed. After that there is little to no maintenance or servicing. If you however would like to be registered on the DAFRA database this has to be periodically update and hives inspected, we can provide this service.
Pleas give me a call or email for more information. We can then give you a comprehensive price list and work out something the will work for your organisation specifically.
But here is a general out line.
Hives are sold, ideally, 10 at a time.
£2,000.00 no Vat
Additional post of about about £70.00 extra for the UK and more for Europe per consignment.
I am available to come to site to do initial training as well as siting of hives.
Quarterly or annual visits can be arranged and the price for these will vary depending on what services you would like and where in the UK or Europe you are located.
DID YOU KNOW
You can still have bees in close proximity to the public.
Here is the trick, if the entrance to the hive is about three metres or more above the public, the bees will not bother them, as bees do not fly lower than the entrance to the hive when they come and go.. This can be seen at quite a few National trust and RHS sites around England,, where bees have moved into a wall and ruins and are very happily coexisting with people.
You will notice the hive body size is the same with the Gardeners Beehive and the Farmers Gardeners Beehive , but the farmers version has longer legs
The farmers version is not intended for honey so there are only holes down the front as inspection holes.
The legs are mounted in the same way however they are longer allowing the hive to stand higher, thus allowing longer grass in front and around the hive
The price is lower and this can be done as the hive is not externally finished off as well as the domestic hives and with the economics of scale with 10 units at a time.
I can come to site and do some training as well as a site inspection for hive location.
How long before I get bees? Two weeks to to years give or take. Once you have one hive filled they will then cascade over into the empty hives relatively quickly over a number of years, as long a rigorous routine of inspecting and baiting is followed.
What is the difference between a NORMAL beehive like a WBC and a GARDENERS BEEHIVE?
Normal beehives are for making honey, and have to be serviced by a beekeeper every 11 days in summer.
GARDENERS BEEHIVE if for pollination primarily.
If you have any questions please just call and I will be more than happy to chat on the phone, skyp, zoom, face time, meetings, watsapp and so on.
Gardeners Beehive for every one.
There are some fundamental differences between what I would call the Gardeners Beehive hive and the Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive is £200.00 each but sold 10 at a time. I will deliver free if the farm is within an hour from Stansted. Further than this will incur a delivery charge.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive has longer more sturdy legs, so the hive stands higher. The reason for this is to allow longer grass in front of the hive.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive is not finished off as refinally as the domestic version.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive beehive is not only available to farmers but any one who would like to buy in balk.
The picture above shows a very basic idea of where to place hives in relation to poly tunnels or orchids.
the arrow points North. and the hives are 10 to 100 metres from the poly tunnels or orchid but a minimum of 100 metres from each other. Ideally about 200 metres as a minimum distance from each other.
The hive entrances will face the morning sun or south.
As the Farmers Gardeners Beehive is a tree stump it ideally should be places with trees or in or along a hedge line with summer shade and winter sun, but the latter is not critical.
Bee hives should be west north and east of the target.
about 50 metres from the target
About 100 to 200 metres apart
East South or West facing
You can face then directly at the poly tunnels but it would be better to point them at the ends of the tunnels or the mass of the orchid.
Site demographics will be affect bees flight path , things like buildings and trees. More often than not bees will not fly over things but rather around them.
Once the hive is set up it will have to have the lure sprayed on once a week from mid April though to August or until bees move in.
There after there is no need for any maintenance.
The hive must remain vertical and not tilt over.
if it is knocked over by badgers it can be secured down in any number of ways or with the use of my badger kit to secure them down to the ground.
The grass in front of the hive must also be kept timed.
before they move in it must be trimmed low as possible but after they are in it can be left a little longer but the entrance must never be allowed to become obstructed.
Colony condition can be monitored as well as inspected. This should be only be done by a trained professional or a trained competent person, using the correct equipment, and systems.
In the USA all hives have to be such that they can be inspected. Not all states in the union require this however it is quite frowned on by some sectors of the HONEY farming community. the GARDENERS BEEHIVE is not a honey production hive.
SO what I have done is made the hive with top bars that can be removed out the side.
this allows a bee inspector to inspect the brood area of the hive.
more information will be available soon.