Natural beekeep

HONEY BEEs have seen a 1/3 decline in the last 5 years in the UK!! This is not hear say this is fact! A horrific fact! 

So the driving force behind natural beekeeping is to help bees to be able to make more bee colones.

GARDENERS BEEHIVE is bees first, not honey or money.

GARDENERS BEEHIVE is honey-bee-hosting not honey-bee-keeping

HOW TO: why it works

Honey Bees naturally choose live in hollow trees not beehives. So with natural beekeeping using a GARDENERS BEEHIVE we mimic what works best for honey bees and work with them. The best way is to provide nests that mimic a Tree stump. 

When you get a number of very specific thing just rite, in a nest. Honey bees will just move in on their own.

Derived from quiet observation of bees ( Apis mellifera ) in the wild, in their natural setting, in hollow trees, not only in beehives,. 

It's like having a forest in your garden with bees nesting in a tree. 

How do we go about it?

A:  Order your Gardeners Beehive.  B:  Then  assemble + bait with lure provided. C:  Then bees just  moving in.  D: Then what?  Well nothing. You now have bees living very happily in a "MOCK TREE STUMP" in your GARDENERS BEEHIVE, forever more.

HOW TO: set it up

1 Install

natural beehive location , have a clear area in fornt of the hive of on less than 5 to 7 metres


Install in your garden. Just follow the instructions. 

The Gardeners Beehive has to be this big because bees need area's inside for storing honey and for making babies. It's for honey bees (Apis mellifera), this is NOT for the 300+ types of bumble / solitary / masonry bees.

See FAQ below : Where is the best place to put it?  

2 Announce a new home

Gardeners Beehive Logo

When you get your hive kit, you will have everything you need to get started. Then spray with lure and announce you are ready, to all passing bees.

1:Mechanically what they are looking for. (the hive )

2;Biologically what they need and  look for.

(the biomass in the bottom)

3:Then the Lure makes it smell like a tree that has had bees in successfully before. 

(lure spray comes with the hive)

3 Swarm moves in

Honey bees moving into a Gardeners' Beehive swarm of bees on a natural tree beehive

Then , the exciting part, How quick before you get bees. Spring and summer is when it all happens. OK so how long will it take? 

I say "two weeks to two years", on average, sometimes quicker sometimes longer. But more often than not , bees will move in, in the first year.

4 Then what?

Cross section of a Gardeners' Beehive looking inside a natural beehive

Then bees move in. What then? Well then nothing! You then effectively have a tree stump with a nest of bees. They are quite adept at looking after themselves. For many years to come.

Share the big news

honey bee on a flower from Gardeners Beehive website

Tell the world, there is a new hive in town, and it is more genteel.

Your friends and family will be amazed!! 

5 Honey? Honey!

A honey box on the side of a Gardeners' Beehive, a natural way to harvest honey

A very unique way to harvest honey!  Taking honey using the “ nook and cranny honey harvesting system. “   This has no impact on your bees winter stock of honey! Its a system that was developed by me and is completely unique to my system and is the only completely self regulating, honey harvesting system in the world! It's derived from a quirk honey bees have, and we are the only system that take advantage of this.

So to get honey. In spring put “honey boxes ” on your Gardeners Beehive. 


Then in autumn take them off. If it was a good summer they will be full, Comb with honey!  If it was not a good summer then only a little or none. But that is the entire point, it is not only cool and funky thing to do it is totally ethical! As it has no impact on the bees ability to overwinter.

HOW TO: why all the fuss?

WHY ALL THE FUSS? Honey bees like all other bugs are under huge pressure from pesticides, herbicides, bad farming practices, GMO's, urbanisation and so on.

BUT honey bees have an added challenge! They don't hibernate. So what? Well that is why they unlike any other bug make honey. They need the honey as food for winter but this is where the problem comes in. They need a very specific nest , a home to live in and make then store this honey. NO a beehive is not a natural choice for bees. But a GARDENERS BEEHIVE is ! Because it is based on a tree stump. Not only will they just move in,  but they will thrive.

Mechanically & biologically what they are looking for, not just a box of frames.

HOW TO: Care

We Truly Care

Kevin building Gardeners' Beehives out side work shop area

Yes about the environment and people. Yes this is to help honey bees but not to the detriment of others or the environment. So all the wood we use is certified from ethical harvesting. All wood is A graded and to BS standard. Screws and studs are made in Germany and Italy. The roof is engineered wood and has a felt covering. I could go on but you get my picture, robust quality. 

Customer Satisfaction

a great location for a natural beehive

 Yes this is a little rough and ready, that is the idea. It is built tough and simple, but clever. There are lots of design aspects and features built into this hive to mimic a honey bees natural nest environment.  I try to dispatch as soon as possible and keep everyone informed with tracking numbers. I love speaking to our customers so if you have any queries, want more information or just want to have a chat about the bees, please drop me a line. For payments I use Pay Pal and stripe as they are world renowned, not cheap to me but safe for you. 

Also see our independent customer reviews!

HOW TO: every thing else

Honey bee

Questions & Answers



Is this real beekeeping? 

Yes this is only for honey bees, ( Apis mellifera ) there is only one honey bee in the UK, but over 300 different bumble bees.

What makes this so special ? 

This is the only beehive and beekeeping system that conforms with every permaculture ethic! Just that one statement is astounding! 

But there is much more.

This is the only beekeeping system that relies completely on bees just moving in on their own! (This is in-part because of three things. A: mechanically it is what they are looking for. B: biologically it is what they are looking for. C: The lure sent is part of a natural cycle in bees colony life cycle and that is why it works like no other.

But there is even more! Gardeners Beehive honey harvesting is the only system that is completely self regulating! That is incredible and remarkable! But completely unique to Gardeners Beehive!

Where is the best place to put it? 

There is only one "must have" and that is: 

There has to be an open area in front of the hive of 3 to 5 metres (16 feet) before any hedges or big bushes. 

You can have a look at some of the photos on the photo page.

Then there are a number of "nice to haves" this is more to encourage them to move in, and stay. These are: 

1: South facing , well from East round to West but Southern aspect.

2: Think tree-stump not beehive, so under a tree or in a hedge or bush.

3: Winter sun and summer shade,  under a deciduous trees will give you this.

4: As the Gardeners Beehive are not frost tolerant, precautions need to be taken to prevent the hive getting to cold.   If it is going to get frost or snow, you will require the Fiberglass roof.

5: Having a bird bath with fresh water is also welcomed.

6: In not to exposed an area, so protected from wind and driving rain.

7: Not facing prevailing wind.

8: Higher aspect in the garden.

That is all really , then its just a matter of luck, leave for January till Jun in one spot, then turn it 20 degrees or move over a few feet, every month until bees move in or end of swarm season , the end of August.

Loads of purple flowers in the vicinity will encourage foraging bees as well as scout bees.

But also a little commoncense is required as this is going to be a box filled with 40 000 stinging insects.

 Is it well made? :

Built tough to last for many, many years.

The hive body is 2 X as thick as normal hives, and only A graded timber is used, screwed AND glued.

All the screws are made in Germany

Hive body is raw (it has to be) the legs are pressure treated.

The roof is now covered with a felt, with a  5 to 10 year life.

Why so big and HOW BIG IS IT? :  This is natural beekeeping, the ideal size from my research. The bees need enough space to store Honey for winter (top) and space to make babies (Bottom).

Foot print: 2' X 2' or 60 cm X 60 cm

Height: 4' 5" 130 cm

How much does it cost? : Gardeners Beehives are  £235.00  + (p&p £32.00) This is for everything you need to get started.

Compared to:

Flow Hive at £404.00 + £ bees

Top bar Hive be very careful when buying these as there are a lot of very cheap and nasty products out there TBH £300.00 + £ bees  or from Omlet the Beehaus for £529.00 for their starter set.

Do I have to get honey? : NO you don't.  In the second year you can install “honey boxes” these attach to the sides and that is how we collect the honey,  but only if you want to.

How many honey boxes do I need? : You only need if you would like honey, and you can put one, two or three on.​

When is the best time to put one in? : Anytime of the year, because it ideally needs to weather in a little, to be more appealing. But before spring is best.

How long will it take to get bees? : two weeks to two years and a little luck.

How big must my garden be? : From a balcony in London, a terrace garden to a stately home (The only prerequisite is a clearing of 3 to 5 metres in front of the Hive.)

How much honey will I get? : This is the only completely self-regulating honey harvesting system. So sometimes a few jars, other years nothing. This is completely at the mercy of what is happening in the environment as they will prioritise their winter stock of honey before putting in the honey boxes.

Other interesting portals.

Can you buy one directly from me without carriage charge? : Yes, you can pick up just call first. 0127 9814 301 we are in Stansted in Essex.

Who is concerned about bees? 

Sir David Attenborough

KEW Gardens 


Celeb beekeepers: 

      1: Monty Done

 2:  Debbie Harry (Blondie)

 3:Scarlet Johanson 

 4:Steve Vai is best known for his guitar work and associations with artists and bands like Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake 

 5:Morgan Freeman 

 6:Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers 

7: the Queen of England 

8:  Leonardo DiCaprio

9:  Bill Turnbull

10: YOU??

natural beehive compared to a natural honey bee habitat, even Poe bear knows bees live in trees

.HOW TO: ..Natural Beehive...

What you get when you BUY a Gardeners Beehive?

Saving the Honey bee by simply giving them a home.

A  natural beehive, a natural bee nest, a Honey Bee Home a LOG HIVE.

Bee's face many challenges, from climate changed , mono cropping, pesticides and herbicides, to name a few.

But one of the easiest problems we can all help fix, is "extermination though deprivation of habitat". Bees live in TREE STUMPS not beehives. Give them a MOCK TREE-STUMP, give them a GARDENERS BEEHIVE

So consider the picture above:

Here we have a Gardeners Beehive and a tree stump. and a comparison.

This is what you get when you buy a 

Gardeners Beehive kit:

1: You Get a "Gardeners Beehive"

2: You get the live Biomass that is put in the bottom.

3: Lure to entice the bees into your Gardeners Beehive

4: Comprehensive instruction on what is the best location, how to set it up and how to manage your bees once they have moved in, and some other interesting tit-bits, just for fun and interest.


Honey Box:

 Once bees move into your Gardeners Beehive you can then consider the HONEY BOXES. If you would like a little honey. This is the only completely self regulating honey harvesting system in the world. We take advantage a quirk that honey bees have in that they squirrel honey in all the little side cavities, in our case the "honey boxes". This has no affect on their winter stock. No other system uses this system of unobtrusive honey harvesting! You can buy one , two or three Honey Boxes per Gardeners Beehive. You can expect anything up to two litres of Honey from a box.


Fiberglass roof:

 Then lastly you can buy a fiberglass roof to provide extra protection from the cold in winter. Recommended if you expect frost and snow.

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A: Roof

B: Live Biomass

C: Honey for winter

D: Comb where babies bee grow

E: Entrance 

F: Honey Box (side cavity) 

G: Buffer honey stock

H: Small entrance to nook and crany

I: Tree Stump

Plant Flowers! 

Don't use pesticides 

 Honey bees live in tree stumps, they thrive in tree stumps. Albert Einstein said we would all be dead in five years after the last honey bee died!


Bees are under threat from all sides, but the most basic thing we can all do is just give them a home! A safe place for bees to do what bees do best! Make more bees! If we let them. 

No Time like the present!  

HOW TO: to recap


This is a truly unique system of beekeeping. Derived from my unique exposure and study of honey bees in their natural setting. I have done this, all over the world. From Cuba to Poland, from Switzerland to Africa, from Africa to Essex. My bee ethics and My story, but most importantly of all my GARDENERS BEEHIVE.

This is the only system that relies completely on being self populated, you can put a swarm into the hive but more often than not, by simply placing the Gardeners Beehive in your garden, honey bees will find it and move in. Queen and all. The three Key's factors are:  the lure, supplied free with each hive bought! The living wood chip and thirdly the engineering of the hive.

The entire thing is a living organism even from when it arrives in the post, and once a colony of bees move in it becomes a super organism.

This is the only system that I know of or have ever heard of that uses the NOOK AND CRANNY system to harvest honey. The premise is this: in the wild, a tree stump is never perfect but always has little hide holes. So  bees will allocate an area for winter honey , and area for rearing babies and then all the other spaces as honey buffer areas. We take advantage of this natural function, and then uniquely. Removing this buffer honey. This then has no impact on the winter stock of honey. This makes this completely self regulating! and is totally remarkable and unique to the Gardeners Beehive. 

The volume of the main hive never changes. This might seem trivial, but it is quite critical in bees ability to over winter successfully.

These are only but a few of the most obvious differences between my system of "hosting" bees and all other systems of "beekeeping".