Bees collect nectar from flowers and store it in wax honeycomb to supply the colony with food in bad weather and throughout the winter months.
Honey is a healthy food that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. However, please do not feed honey to babies under twelve months old. Some people believe that local honey can minimise allergic reactions to pollen, although this has not yet been scientifically established.
HACKNEY GARDEN HONEY
My bees live in cedar hives in a traditional cottage garden that is designed to attract and support wildlife and featured in the RSPB magazine Spring 2018.
Bees forage as close to the hive as possible, but the distance they fly may extend to two miles or further, when nectar and pollen are scarce. So my bees may have travelled as far as Victoria Park and the borders of the Olympic Park to the East, Stoke Newington, Abney Cemetery and Clissold Park to the North, the roof gardens of Bank to the South, The Angel to the West and gardens and parks in between.
Hackney Garden Honey contains no artificial additives, or sugar syrup. It is not heat treated. Only natural and approved veterinary remedies have been used to prevent and control the spread of the devastating diseases and pests that how threaten all British honeybees. Urban bees are not exposed to agricultural chemicals now used by so many farmers..
I only have four hives and I am not aiming at being a commercial enterprise. Production will always be small and only what the bees can spare. The price will be that recommended by the local Beekeepers Association.
I make donations from the sale of honey and candles to the charities Bees for Development and Bees Abroad which help people in Third World Countries to create a reliable income from bees. I have also supported the Jeveeka Trust's work with women beekeepers in India.
I open my garden with apiary in aid of medical charities through the National Garden Scheme. Thank you for those of you who supported me on 3rd June this year. Along with three other gardens we raised nearly £850 which is wonderful. Our next opening will be Sunday 9th June 2019.
If you want to find out more about my honeybees and organisations I am associated with such as Get Loose Food and local environmental issues listen to the Dalstonia.com podcasts.
I strive to achieve the highest standards in bee welfare and honey production. I hold qualifications awarded by the British Beekeepers' Association in beekeeping, honeybee products, honeybee health and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health certificate in Food Safety.
HONEYSOLD OUT - NEXT CROP JUNE 2019 Thank you to everyone who supported me this year. After losing a colony to the 'Beast from the East' the bees and I had a pretty good year but there is increasing demand for my honey and it has sold out. Sorry to disappoint anyone who would still like some.
My 2017 honey was awarded 'best in class' and 'best in show' by North London Beekeepers. This year I won 2 first prizes for my entries. I have left 35lbs of honey on each hive for the bees' winter supply.
The price if you collect from me is as last year: £6.00 for a 227g jar and 20p off the next jar if a clean HGH empty jar is returned.