The creation of the GARDENERS BEEHIVE , a natural Honey Bee nest-box Beehive and my story with honey bees.
Well where did it all start? 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. Then as a hobby of beelineing (tracking to find wild colones). I have always seemed to have had bees around. Never really for honey either, but more for the fascination of bees. Now with bees under greater threat than ever! I am using all I have learnt, from observation, testing and proving. This then done to incorporating into my nest box beehive, putting all of that into a concerted effort to help bees. By 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. Bees are under pressure from all sorts of thing. But simplest of these to fix is to simply give them a safe, natural home to live. Solving this, 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 thrive in a GARDENERS-BEEHIVE.
With my interest in bees being more about bees than beekeeping. Then after an Oak tree had been feld 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 from "bee's in the wild" 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. Then about six years ago now, 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, now I will with all my conviction, try my best to make something of the "Gardeners Beehive"
It has taken me many years to perfect a safe home for honey bees. To get it to something that anyone can just follow some basic instructions and it will work. Living in the UK for the last twenty years, I have built up quite a substantial knowledge of bees in the UK wild, urban and rural areas. From the mycelium and bugs that live with the bees, to creating the lure to attract a swarm. But the clincher came with me observing how bees squirrel honey away, but never using some of it in winter. This then gave us a way to harvest honey with no detrimental affect to the colonies winter stock! And then there you have it, the only self regulating honey bee, honey harvesting system in existence. This gave me the push I needed. Whilst honey is not the aim of this hive, it is a little fun perk. Now I am so very pleasantly surprised how many people, like me, just want to help bees.
I really am. But now to make my dream of thousands of new colony's a reality. Even Monty Don promotes Urban and Rural beekeeping. I have moved from learning and studying bees to learning and studying marketing, selling and business. This is an entire new "animal" a bit of a monster really! All this marketing and sales stuff! But it is something I am determined to succeed at for the good of all. Thank you for your interest, now please do consider becoming part of our growing
Gardeners Beehive Family.
To help people, help the honey bee, by providing honey bee homes, made locally, sourced locally, ethically and sustainably.