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. 2014 Brockley and Greenwich honey will be available at Broca Market, Brockley, Cafe Crema in New Cross, Park Beekeeping Supplies and El's Kitchen in Ladywell in late July to Oct. A new site in London Fields is also producing honey and this will be available at A Gold´s delicatessen in Spitalfields. There were new apiaries set up for the University of London in Russell Square and for Barnes and Bousfield Primary Schools in 2013 as part of their sustainability and education programmes.
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, Waitrose Magazine, the Economist, House Beautiful, ITV 3 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.
Capital Bee maintains hives in Greenwich 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. Capital Bee has an apiary on the roof of St Ermin's Hotel in St James Park and also for Capital Symonds in Covent Garden, and for Fox School in Notting Hill as well as for several other central London institutions and individuals.
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. If you are looking fo a nucleus colony, you can reserve a nucleus for mid June as the May batch has sold out. We can also arrange a bee-sitting service if you are away on holiday.
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 the next one is in Spring 2014 and is bookable via Eventbrite. St Ermins Hotel will also be running a beekeeping introductory course this year in May with refreshments at the hotel. 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 2013 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.
Camilla Goddard, Director
68 St Asaph Road
Tel: 0207 639 6581 Mob: 07984682417