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About Us

We love bees and we want to share our enthusiasm for these amazing creatures.

 

I used to be a Cheltenham dentist. Now I am a full-time professional beekeeper with more than 80 hives across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. I also run the teaching apiary for Cheltenham and Gloucester Beekeeper's Association. 

 

Lorraine has a background in training. She has been interested in bees for almost 40 years since studying them as part of her biology degree. She has a special interest in ecology, bee biology and planting for pollinators. Lorraine gives the "Foraging" presentation in the CGBKA winter lecture series.  

 

We both remember what it was like starting out with bees. The bee keeping courses we offer bring everything together in a friendly, straight forward way.

 

They're a great way to discover more about honeybees and everything you need to know to become a beekeeper. 

Lorraine of Harry's Honey talking about honeybees, using the observation hive
Harry of Harry's Honey standing by hives with a smoker

Honeybees are amazing - their social behaviour, the workings of a super-organism, the way the colony has one queen and thousands of workers; all with their jobs to do.

I enjoy selecting honeybee queens and creating starter colonies (called a nucleus of bees). These go to local beekeepers - both "old hands" and those looking for their first bees. Its fun to meet other beekeepers and I am happy to help install a colony in its new home.

 

Once you've bought a nucleus of bees from me, I am on the other end of the phone if you have any questions later.

Just watching the bees's beautiful golden honey flow into jars is a wonderful experience. We enjoy selling our honey - to shops, retail customers and at fairs. It's great to talk about local honey and how amazing it is compared to the supermarket stuff. Our online shop means you can buy Harry's honey direct.

Beekeeping is a centuries old craft, with science adding its knowledge to years and years of experience.

 

It's an opportunity to see inside the bee's fascinating world, to share in their glorious honey and to connect with nature. We love it all. We think you will too.

Plants for honeybees. A honeybee feeding on a blue phacelia flower
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