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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 as far as possible to organic standards) on a cooperative basis;
  • Provide facilities for the extraction, filtering and bottling of locally produced honey in hygienic conditions which meet governmental production requirements.

The secondary aims include:

  • To promote the well-being of residents by providing an interesting and productive pastime;
  • Facilitating training and continuing education and development in collaboration with local organisations able to deliver training courses in compliance with national and UK wide standards;
  • To promote co-operative  principles;
  • To encourage the  exchange of home grown produce;
  • To participate with and support like-minded organisations in the locality such as farm shops, community owned shops and farmer markets;
  • To contribute to the control and eradication of bee diseases;
  • To improve wild flower and crop fertilisation;
  • To encourage the selection of desirable attributes (eg docility and low inclination to swarm) when exchanging  queens or nucleus exchange;
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and new developments in beekeeping.

Would you like to get involved in any way?

Please contact us to see how you can take part in this initiative. Or join the cooperative.