Every so often I get excited with the thought of someday becoming a beekeeper. I haven’t quite got my life to a place where I can do it yet – but I’m confident it will happen. And I’m not alone. There are many reasons why more people are choosing to have a few hives in their large back garden or in a nearby paddock. Sweet nutritious honey, wax for candles and other uses, bees for pollination of our fruit trees and flowers – great products for us – and with declining populations of bees worldwide, this is a hobby that will benefit the wider natural environment. So long as you are not allergic to bee stings and you have somewhere to put your hives, there are few reasons for not taking up this fascinating hobby.
To help you decide if beekeeping is for you, I recommend you join an experienced beekeeper for a day, preferably several times throughout the year.
Join me in my visit to Hampshire, in the south of England. It’s home to Peter Grimes, beekeeper, who has kept bees here for over 18 years. For Peter, the happiness of his bees and the part they play in contributing to biodiversity is paramount. Of course he also enjoys their honey! Peter has made, what is still a passionate hobby, into a small and developing business rehoming unwanted bee colonies and selling his bee products.
This show was recorded in early March 2017, which is early spring in England, a time of snowdrops and budding daffodils. I join Peter as he does an early spring check of his hives to see how they have fared over the cold winter.
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For more information –
- Check Peter’s website at http://www.aabees.co.uk
This show was originally broadcast on the 7th Septmber 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.