Welcome to the wonderful world of city bees and honey.
Based in South London and Central London we produce our own delicious honey to sell, run courses and keep bees for organisations such as universities, schools and businesses. 2015 Brockley and Greenwich honey will be available at The Larder in Ladywell, Apple and Orange grocers in Greenwich, and Park Beekeeping Supplies in Blackheath from the end of July to October.
Capital Bee maintains hives for the Old Bailey, University of London, St Ermin's Hotel near St James Park, Capita Symonds, the Garrick Club, Cannon Bridge House, St Katherine's Docks, several schools and for many other organisations, charities and individuals around London. Home sites include Greenwich Mausoleum for Greenwich University and has hives in Greenwich Royal Park and also a large apiary in Brockley. The Greenwich Mausoleum site is of great historical interest as it is by the old mausoleum where some of Nelson's great admirals are buried, such as Admiral Hardy.To see this apiary site and others check out this fab video by Superimpose mag of the bees www.vimeo.com/25756911 or their site at www.superimposemag.com/2011/06/capital-bee/ Capital Bee also sets up and runs beehives for companies, charities and individuals.
Time Out listed Capital Bee's Brockley honey amongst the top six best London Honeys. The work of Capital Bee has recently been featured in articles in the Sunday Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Mail, Waitrose Magazine, the Economist, House Beautiful, ITV 3, BBC News, Channel 4 and lots of other magazines and documentaries. Capital Bee has also been kindly awarded the Environmental Business Award for 2013 by London Borough of Lewisham.
For those of you who would like to try your hand at producing your own honey, we also sell and deliver bees direct to your door to minimise stress for you and the bees. SORRY NUCS NOW SOLD OUT FOR 2015 and no longer selling nucs in 2016.
If you find the prospect of bee-keeping a bit daunting we can also provide our know-how with talks and demonstrations about bee-keeping.
Green Shoots NXG Trust on Besson Street in New Cross South London runs introduction to beekeeping courses bookable via Eventbrite. We are also running taster beekeeping courses at St Ermins Hotel in 2015 if you just want to find out a bit more and see what is involved. If you are interested in one-to-one beekeeping coaching or to arrange a taster session as a gift we are also now providing this.
For the latest news about the hives, honey in season and its flavour, as well as bees in general go to the Bee News page.
If you've discovered a bee swarm, don't panic! We can collect and remove it for you if you are in the London area, and if it's in a reasonably accessible place, just contact us.
The poor old honey bee is becoming increasingly endangered at the moment, and needs as much support as it can get. To find out how, visit our conservation page. We were surprised to note that the Soil Association have identified many top selling household bug killers as containing neonicotinoids that are believed to be harmful to bees. To find out more check out the SA page. If you would like to help protect bees planting bee friendly plants and trees to increase forage in urban areas is crucial. Friends of the Earth are starting a new initiative this year to help raise awareness about bees, and there are several charities like the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Sustain and Bees for Development that help bees.
If you are a pest control company in London we can sometimes arrange to collect swarms depending on the site and get them back on their feet by hiving them and sorting out any health issues. If you have a bumble bee nest and have to have it removed for building work etc Capital Bee is now running a bumble bee rehoming scheme to help re locate bumble bees at risk to safe sites. In 2014 we received a record number of calls about big bee colonies in loft insulation, they are usually tree bumble bees they will die out at the end of the year however if it is an emergency we do run a bumble bee rescue and relocation service. Make sure its not wasps if so get in touch with K&O Pest Control or your local council.
Camilla Goddard, Director
68 St Asaph Road
Tel: 0207 639 6581 Mob: 07984682417