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The Gower Honey Co-operative was set up by a couple of local bee enthusiasts in the beautiful Gower Peninsula in 2011. David says “Its been hard work to get the cooperative off the ground and early funding from the Welsh Assembly Government got us off to a good start. Honey from our members’ apiaries is now available for sale in Swansea which was a key objective for us this year. Well done to all our members who have been involved in this initiative.”

NEWS

See our news page for the latest news on the development of the Coop and its honey extraction facility.

OUR AIMS

We aim to do many things around the promotion of local organic beekeeping and related products, education and awareness and bringing healthy organic bees to the fore. More information about this can be found on our Objectives page.

Getting ready to hive the bees – May 2011

The co-operative had been a discussion point for some time and took root when the cornerstone members, Stefano Luporini and David O’Carroll, set up the co-operative’s first hives and in their first season hived several swarms acquiring a critical mass necessary to drive the co-operative’s initiatives.

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Co-operative news

7.9.16 HONEY SUPPLY For the second year running our members have been reporting a dearth of honey and we have not had any honey to sell this year. Any honey in the hives is now needed to feed the colonies to give them the best chance of survival through the winter months. 6.8.16 GOWER SHOW …

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Objectives

The Co-operative’s primary aims include: Provide encouragement to people interested in beekeeping either as hobbyists or on a commercial basis; Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge on the local flora, its importance as a source of nectar and pollen for bees; Provide for the selling and marketing of Gower branded honey products (which adhere …

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2016 Bad year for bees – again

At times I was quite hopeful that the bees would do well but the omens were bad from the start. Having split two hives at St.Madocs the new Queens failed to mate properly and we are back to three hives. On the bright side two empty hives at home were colonised and I placed one …

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Beekeeping at St.Madocs

Just rediscovered the YouTube interview I did in 2014! St.Madocs

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WINDY WEATHER BLOWS HONEY HARVEST ‘Wrong weather’ and ‘queen issues’ affect this year’s honey crop

  Britain’s beekeepers have reported an average yield of 21lbs of honey per colony this year, a substantial 34 per cent drop on last year’s 32lbs per colony. These findings are reported  in the British Beekeepers Association’s Annual Honey Survey. The survey was commissioned by Burt’s Bees, sponsor of the BBKA’s ‘Adopt a Beehive’ scheme …

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Empty Honey Jars

It has to be said – last summer was not to the liking of our honey bees. As soon as we had a warm snap the bees were off looking for a new home. We moved the apiary at Landimore to the top of the field rather late in the season and the bees voted …

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