Our Apiaries

We currently have apiaries established in the Maidenhead, Bray, Windsor, Burnham and Paley Street areas. The local area is rich in forage for the bees and yet each area produces a slightly different colour and taste in the honey.

In spring we used to have a large crop of oilseed rape honey but local farmers have stopped planting this due to the problems they now have growing it without it being decimated by pollen beetles.  The bees have switched to foraging on other sources of nectar such as blackthorn, field maple, apple, pear and cherry blossoms and this has led to much more flavoursome and wonderfully different coloured honey.

 Honey bee working the cherry blossom

Our Maidenhead and Bray apiaries often produce large quantities of summer honey from the mature lime trees and the blackberry blossoms.  Occasionally we are lucky enough to obtain a small crop of honeydew honey in late summer but this is very infrequent.  2020 being a hot dry summer did produce some honeydew and the honey is very dark and distinctive.  If you hold it up to the light it's actually a dark ruby colour.