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Howbery Bees

HOWBERY BEES

Howbery Business Park has four bee hives which were introduced in 2016.

The hives known as WBC Hives are the archetypal style hive you see in Winnie the Pooh stories, and have been positioned on the lawn, not far from the Manor House.  This type of hive has been chosen because there is a definite benefit to the bees due to the extra layer of insulation. Each colony  consists of approximately 5,000 bees on five frames, each colony containing one Queen.

Most beekeepers expect 20 -30lb of honey per established hive, but this is entirely dependent on the weather and available flowers to forage on. Head Gardener, Ben has embarked on his LANTRA training to become a qualified Bee Keeper.  Ben is assisted by Nurture Landscapes’ other trained Bee Keepers.

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Nurture Landscapes deals with all aspects of good husbandry, pest and disease control, winter care, feeding and extracting honey.

The hive setup includes two brood boxes and three supers per hive, which is adequate space for most usual colonies and conditions.

We always strive to comply with the RSPCA’s five freedoms that we benchmark our bee management against.

The bee colonies should show good establishment and provide biodiversity opportunities to the park over the forthcoming years.

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A cautionary note: although bees are normally docile and will only sting as a last defence, please do not approach the hives without the correct protective equipment and the accompaniment of one of our Bee Keepers.

Now that the bee hives are established, we organise regular family-friendly bee education events for the park community.  Our bees have also been taking part in research with the National Bee Unit whose inspectors have been testing a new app which will help them to improve their reporting.

Look out for Howbery Honey,  available seasonally in the on-site shop.

 

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Update

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, Howbery Business Park is closed to the general public. Some individual businesses are open and operating within government guidelines, and can advise their customers on an individual basis about how to get in touch with them. We will be reviewing and monitoring developments continuously,We are committed to providing support and an ongoing service to all of our tenants and staff, with our main priority being their safety and well-being. We are following government advice, and have introduced new cleaning, social distancing and meeting room protocols across the site. We are adding new sanitiser stations and signage about single use of certain facilities.

We ask tenants and their staff to be respectful of others and take precautionary measures if exposed to the virus, as per government guidelines.

If you have any enquiries regarding park access or office availability, please email: [email protected]