A Brief History
Hello and thank you for your interest in our pure local honey produced by our wonderful bees. My name is Jim Cooper and I have now been keeping bees for 39 years. When I was 11 years old I was lucky enough to attend a beekeeping course with my father in Suffolk, run by the renowned beekeeper Ted Hooper.
I was hooked from the beginning and the bees still fascinate me all these years later. We currently have 22 colonies spread amongst our apiaries in Maidenhead, Bray and Paley Street areas. We will increase the number of hives to 40 next year and new apiaries are currently being established in Burnham and Windsor.
Future plans include increasing our queen bee production and trying to assist various research projects in breeding disease resistant bees, in particular specialising in varroa tolerant queen bees.
I moved to the Thames Valley in 1999 and joined the Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Beekeepers Society. It didn't take long for me to be co-opted onto the committee and I have fulfilled the roles of Apiary Supervisor, Education Co-ordinator and Chairman.