10 Reasons We Love Green Roofs

NYC Beehives
NYC Beehives

We crossed the Atlantic to visit Artie Rollins at his New York City Parks Department’s 30,000 square foot rooftop on Randall’s Island.

An unusual assignment. And an unglamorous location. Even the taxi driver we flagged down in Harlem after the M35 bus we were on broke down had no idea where it was. Or did, but didn’t like the idea of going there. But we were on a mission.

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French Bees

Miellerie de Puycelci Label
Miellerie de Puycelci Label

At the Moulin d’Olivery, the Brenez-Candille family have built up an impressive honey business over 30 years. Patrick and Isabelle Candille currently run 1200 hives, producing between 25,000-30,000 tonnes of honey annually, most of which is sold to bulk buyers. But that still leaves some 30,000 jars to be hand-labelled every year for sale to retail customers. Brava Isabelle!

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London Honey Show 2015

Bermondsey Street Honey - Properly Urban
Bermondsey Street Honey – Properly Urban

We were sad not to be able to attend last weekend’s London Honey Show, but delighted that Bermondsey Street Honey rang the bell in both honey categories in which it was entered : 3rd Best Rooftop Honey & 3rd Best Public Tasting Honey.

A modest haul, but our Bermondsey Street Bees have a remarkably consistent knack of being recognized in major awards and competitions.

Brava, you bees !

Lambeth Palace Bees


It is rare for me to receive an invitation to a Palace. As a beekeeper, I usually visit my queens uninvited. But I was flattered when John Chapple suggested that I might like to stand in for him at a Parliamentary away day at Lambeth Palace. John is simply the best beekeeper I know. So to be invited to open his hives and inspect them with a group of absolute novices was a feather in my cap. 

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We’re Back – With 2015’s Bermondsey Street Honey Offering

Bermondsey Street Honey Stall

And we’re off to a flying start with our new www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk website. The Apis bee-blog and much more can be accessed through the site. And we’ve also been busy in the Press: see this profile in ES Lifestyle : Made in London .

The start of the Bee Year is September, once the honey harvest has been gathered in. So it’s time for our subscribers and local customers to be offered Bermondsey Street Honey before it goes on sale to the public at the Bermondsey Street Festival on 19th September 2015. Continue reading “We’re Back – With 2015’s Bermondsey Street Honey Offering”

In The Apiary : Mid-August : CSI Pollen Study


Premise: We are fervent advocates of science-led discovery of the wonders of the bees’ existence. We also feel that the availability of sustainable sources of forage is the primary consideration in maintaining healthy and productive apiaries. That is why we organise local pollinator-friendly plantings, have developed our proprietary Apis Forage Index to measure available forage in a specific location and now participate in programmes to further academic studies of apis mellifera. We get involved.

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The Life Of The Bee

The Life Of The Bee
The Life Of The Bee

Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck wrote “The Life of the Bee” in 1901. He was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish, but wrote in French. This beautiful, leather-bound edition of “The Life of the Bee”, was translated into English in 1929 by Alfred Sutro (to whom the author dedicated this work).

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