The evolution of the GARDENERS BEEHIVE , a natural Honey Bee nest-box Beehive and my life , a story intertwined with honey bees.
Where did it all start you ask? Well as a little boy helping with the bees on my Grandfathers farm in Africa , To catching my first swarm when I was about twelve years old. This then sparked the interest. This then evolved into my hobby of beelineing (tracking bees to find wild colonies). Weirdly I have always seemed to have had bees around. Never really for honey either, but more for the fascination of the bees themselves. Now with bees under greater threat than ever! I am using all I have learnt over quite a few decades now to create the best habitat nest beehive. From observation, testing and then proving different aspects. Aspects that make Honey bees so successful if left alone. I then incorporating these ideas into my nest box beehive, Now you to can be part of this story, helping people, help bees, help themselves.
This story makes me uniquely qualified to design and build the GARDENERS BEEHIVE. With an interest in bees ( Apis mellifera ) not beekeeping! My interest is mostly investigating bees in the wild. These little insects are under pressure from all sorts of thing. But simplest of these to fix , something we can all get involved in and help with is to simply give them a safe, natural home to live. Solving this simple but big problem, is my mission! After trying many different designs over quite a few decades, and using all the data I had collected from observing bees. I have developed a nest that is so convincing, to bees, they will just move in on their own! But more impressive is they will stay, But even more impressive, is they will then thrive. This then is the GARDENERS-BEEHIVE.
So then after an Oak tree was felled near to where I live here in the UK, I needed to build a nest for a colony that lost their home, . Using data I had collected from years of being with bees. I built my first bee nest. That was many years ago now. Many, many more have been built since then. Bee centred not honey centred. Bee-hosting not bee-keeping, a different mindset meant something totally new, totally different. Then about nine years ago I was talking bees with a work colleague. He was amazed !! "You have to tell the world!" he said, and he insisted, "And you are the only one who can!" From that conversation, I made a start, now I will with all my conviction, and the help of normal every day people, try my very best to make a difference, but I will need your help.
People are very passionate about Honey Bees, be they beekeepers , Beehoney Farmers or just Nature Lovers. Justifiably so. Not only does our very existence rely on them but so do many other creatures. Lets all try to work together and make the space , the environment, directly around us a better place. A less inhospitable place. The country side relies heavily on pesticides that kill bugs and Bees. Maybe urban areas, backyard beekeeping, can bee the new rural safe haven for creatures?
To help people, help the honey bee, by providing honey bee homes, made locally, sourced locally, ethically and sustainably.