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Beekeeping FAQs!

As we’re a small but very busy team, we often aren’t able to respond to general questions as quickly as we’d like to, so we sat down with Jez and put to him a list of the most commonly asked questions we receive – hopefully you’ll find what you were looking for here!

2019 – what a year!

The bees are feeding on sugar fondant to help build up their food stores for the winter and maintain optimum health to fight disease that may be present.

While we’re only just into autumn here in England and there are still more than a couple of weeks left of 2019, the beekeeping year has come to an end. Suddenly activity on the farm shifts its focus from almost constant bee-related work, to broader maintenance, improvements and our other workshops (and my favourite time of the gardening calendar!).

When the temperature drops below 14 degrees and the colder, wetter weather sets in, we no longer inspect our bees so as to help them maintain the critical, consistent core brood temperature of 36 degrees celsius. Having me poking around in there doesn’t help them with that when it’s cold and wet outside!

But, my, what a year it’s been… and not by any means all positive. As the rest of the year for us is about repairing hives, cleaning equipment as part of our integrated disease management program and preparing for the Spring when it all starts again, I thought I’d do a wrap up of the year so far…

New Christmas Workshops and Dates for 2020!

A new range of exciting workshops on the farm start in November with Christmas Wreath Making!

Since we moved to the farm we’ve become well known for our beekeeping workshops and experience days, which have been hugely popular, but quite a large part of the work here has been in developing a bare one acre site into almost entirely pollinator-friendly planted gardens.

It’s been great fun, hard work, and at times incredibly muddy!

We’ve been busy installing new areas to the gardens, planting flower beds and developing plant schemes for all year round colour and interest, and because of that focus on the outside space, we’ve created a new and exciting range of workshops for all throughout the year.

The new workshops start next month in November with Christmas Wreath Making Workshops and Christmas Natural Present Topper Workshops – and then through 2020 include Designing Your Own Organic Edible Garden; Fire Pit Feast Cooking; Wild Flower Posey Arranging and Make Your Own Charcoal and Draw workshops, many with new guest tutors.

We hope to see you here at the farm soon; if you’ve been before, you won’t recognise it now – we’ve been so busy! You can meet the dogs and also Cat, our lovely new farm manager who is doing a fantastic job of keeping everything running.

Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already so you’re the first to hear when the new dates are released.

 

Neal’s Yard Remedies Join Us On the Farm!

Marissa helping to create wildlife bug boxes made from recycled apple crates, plant pots and garden debris!

Yesterday we were joined by some of the Neal’s Yard Remedies team from their Covent Garden HQ and we had an absolute blast!

As part of their annual community day they helped us to add even more environmentally friendly aspects to the Bees & Co. farm. Honeybees are an important part of the ecosystem but they’re not the only important insect – the team helped make bug houses, weave willow fences to the herb garden, planted some additional bee-friendly flowers to maximise all of the planting spaces we have, recycled plastic bottles to make enrichment for our chickens and chatted over a pizza lunch about the importance of corporate social responsibility and how we can all do a little more to make a positive impact on the environment we so heavily rely on.

Willow weaving to provide neat edging for the mint border, nesting material for birds and flowers for pollinators.

Tommie, who helps at the farm, used to be a chef and so we roped him in to firing up the wood-fired pizza oven to make us lunch. Despite singeing his eyelashes and getting smoke in his eyes, I think he loved it!

Huge thanks go to the Neal’s Yard Remedies team, kindred spirits in the Carbon Neutral, organic and environment fields, for helping us to create an even better environment for wildlife and symbiotically our honeybees.

Maximising Your Honeybee Hive Adoption Plan

Adopting a beehive provides an innovative, interesting, practical and on-trend way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility, whilst making an actively porosity impact on the environment.

Our honeybee hive adoption plans have been so popular since we launched them in 2017 because of their fascinating, effective and environmentally impactful result.

Here are just a few ways that you can maximise your adoption plan but we love to hear of what you’re doing to share the news of your hive, so don’t forget to tag us on social media @BeesforBusiness and drop us an email with photos of what you’re up to!

The messages are important and clear: your honey is raw and British from your very own hive. Each hive we place increases the honeybee population, helping to reverse the decline. More bees means more pollinators and if you’ve planted the organic, bee-friendly British flower seeds we sent you, you’re helping to do you bit to provide food sources for them, too.

Making It “A Thing”

One of our awesome clients is Bronco, a leading creative digital marketing agency. They adopted a hive because they wanted a corporate social responsibility element that was about the environment are were concerned about the decline of the honeybee population in Britain. They

Hire the Barn

Our beautiful, creative training space is very popular! Call the office to check availability: 01778 487923

Enjoy the tranquility and charm of our rural location, with a few little luxuries to make your meeting even more comfortable…

Our purpose built, air conditioned barn is well-insulated to keep you cosy during winter but cool during the summer. Overlooking the beautiful magnolia courtyard and vegetable garden, our wild flower roof is loved by the bees and makes the barn a unique space for meetings, training days and creative workshops.

 

 

Located in the heart of 400 acres of arable farmland in the Cambridgeshire countryside, enjoy complete privacy and security.

Hire the barn for one all-inclusive price of £500 +VAT per full day, including stationery, unlimited refreshments (Tea Pigs tea, filter coffee, Bottle Green soft drinks, water, Montezuma’s chocolate bars, fresh fruit and tasty treats) – add a tasty organic pizza lunch cooked in our outdoor wood-fired pizza oven for just £8+VAT per person.

 

“This is a fantastic venue! Highly recommended!”

Jenny, Mark Rutherford School

 

Comfortable:

Fully air conditioned with comfortable chairs for up to 30

Peaceful Location: 

Nestled in it’s own private, secluded courtyard

Spacious: 

65 square meters of open plan space

Professional AV Facilities:

HD digital projector, sound dock and all cables

Whiteboard Wall:

(With pens that work!)

Delicious Food: 

Tasty, organic, local and homegrown treats and refreshments to keep you going and pizza lunch from our outdoor, wood fired pizza oven.

Beautiful Surroundings:

Overlooks the magnolia courtyard and vegetable garden

Convenient:

Secure, on-site, free parking and just 18 minutes from Peterborough train station

 

Call the office to check availability: 01778 487923 or email us: admin@beesand.co

The UK’s first CarbonNeutral Honey Farm!

We are absolutely delighted and excited (and eating loads of delicious, British honey to celebrate) become the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral honey farm.

This is a huge jewel in our environmental crown and really does mark the start of a great year for us, spearheading the importance of the British honeybee and British honey. With plenty of ways to get involved including our unique Beehive Twinning, the UK’s only Honey Academy and of course our honeybee hive adoption plans, 2019 is surely the year to join us on our journey…

Here’s the fancy press release to read…

UK Beekeeper launches the UK’s first CarbonNeutral honey

A beekeeper from Lincolnshire has launched the UK’s first

How to be plastic free and sustainable – UPDATED!

The living sedum roof that insulates the barn, looks great and provides food for nature.

Such was the positive feedback of the first blog I posted back in November 2018, about how we go about helping the environment that I’ve updated it to include several other things we now do either daily or regularly. I hope you enjoy it! [May 2019]

I’m no stereotypical eco warrior or shouty environmentalist but we are often asked about just how we managed to go from not even thinking about the plastic we used, or the food we ate, to award-winning organic farm and the world’s first certified Carbon Neutral honey farm, with positive environmental impact at the heart of everything we do.

I hope these ideas, based on things we do and suppliers we use, will help you, too, to make a positive impact on the environment.