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The time has come that you can have a beehive in your garden, at a fraction of the cost, with free training and support from a Beekeeper.

Starting from January 2016, we will be running our first every "Foster a Beehive" project!

Keeping honeybees is a costly hobby for anyone who is wanting to get started and training courses add even more cost to this! we have developed a project where you can receive free online training. If you are local to Manchester, you can also attend our free practical sessions at our apiary. All this is delivered through the Bee Educated project.

The Bee Educated project is the foundation for any fosterer of our Hives. After you have completed the online training, you have the option to become a Fosterer or a supporter.

For those people that become Fosterers, we will order you a flat pack hive and show you how to assemble it. You will attend our practical training sessions and when the bees are ready, we will take them to your hive in your chosen location.

Each week throughout the season, you will be accompanied by one of our Beekeepers to inspect your hive for progress, infections and to identify any potential problems before they happen.

At the end of the season, if the bees have made enough honey, we will extract it and give it to you for whatever you wish to do with it.

If you wish to keep the bees another season, we will leave the hive with you.

Due to the cost of the hive and the bees, although you are only fostering the hive and colony, we need to charge for this service.

Unlike the cost of starting beekeeping yourself, we offer an extremely reasonable rate for fostering with options to pay in instalments.

Our fosterers get a lot of joy from watching the honeybees through the day. We get updates often with pictures of the bees bring pollen in on their back legs. Many people sit watching the bees for hours and cant wait to do the next hive inspection.

The Foster a beehive project is important not only for the bees but also the flowers and plans that need them, to reproduce!

Places on the project can be limited and to ensure that you get a colony of bees, if is worth reserving them! The online training can be done at your convenience and your beekeeper will educate you during every inspection through the bee season. We do advise that you start the online training early in the year as you will be able to plan flowers and plants that the bees will not be able to resist.

At any point, should you feel that you want more training or support, you can some down to the apiary, put a suit on and learn more beekeeping.

This project is like no other at the time of writing as most Beekeeping education and training is paid for or does not last the duration of the beekeeping season.

To reserve a colony or bees and discuss the options available, please use the contact us page.

Sponsoring a Beehive is not costly or time consuming!

There are many reasons why people and companies would like to Sponsor a Hive. Here are a few:

  • To show customers and stakeholders that you are "doing your bit" to reduce the decline of the honeybee and other pollinators.
  • To "give something back"! By sponsoring a hive, you are not only creating another home for a colony of bees, you are creating an opportunity for someone to learn beekeeping and gain skills which can be transferred to help them gain employment.
  • To "Be responsible" and recognise that there are important things in like such as the decline of the honey bee and the loss of the meadows that they used to feed on.
  • As a present, you don't have to have the space to keep bees and become a beekeeper. You can sponsor a hive for someone that you know. They can do the FREE training through the Bee Educated programme and put their knowledge into practise by looking after the hive that you have sponsored for them.
  • To get honey, if you like in Manchester or Cheshire and want to eat the honey to help with allergies but you cannot accommodate them yourself, this is also the project for you.

Beekeeping is an expensive hobby and because of this, it is hard to make a profit of keeping bees. Due to the added pressure and decline of the honey bee, things have progressively became more expensive and starting beekeeping from scratch carries a large cost unless you wish to buy cheap or reused equipment which is not recommended as used equipment carries infections and diseases which can kill all your bees and using cheap protective equipment leads to things such as....... a bee getting in your suit!

In light of this and the need to support the honeybee. We have developed a project where you can donate money to pay for the upkeep of a hive by one of our learners, trainee beekeepers or volunteers.

By Sponsoring a Hive, you will be giving something that will mean a lot to the bees, our community and the environment. For a fraction of the cost to start a beekeeping project, you will be able to support all the above with as little as £5 per week.

In return for your donation, we will publicise your generosity!

We use facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In, Instagram and other forms of social media to tell local communities, what you have done and how your sponsored hive is progressing throughout the year.

You can also decide what happens with the produce from the hive!

if you would like to sponsor a hive, use our contact us page!


Beckfield Apiary are planning to run a Rent a beehive scheme starting from January 2016.

The scheme is aimed at novice beekeepers who have been saying that they want to "keep bees in my garden" but they don't know where to start and are scared of the cost and their lack of training. The scheme is designed to ensure that new beekeepers learn from scratch what they need to do to support honey bees through learning and practice with an experienced beekeeper.

Starting from January 2016, families, friend and business will start a programme through the rent a beehive scheme where they will receive weekly training and assessment from Beckfield Apairy. In the winter months, training will be in the form of online webinars and reading to understand the making of the hive, the layout of the national beehive, the lifecycle of honey bees, infections, diseases and parasites that affect honey bees and colonies life expectancy. In spring, the novice beekeepers will build a plat packed hive and treat it ready for a colony of bees. They will make everything needed to house the bees and protect them from the weather and predators. At this point, the novice beekeepers will learn about hive inspections and record keeping aswell as introducing bees to a hive.


This is also the point that the novice beekeepers dreams will come true and they will be saying I "keep bees in my garden" to all their friends.

Each week, the novice beekeepers will inspect their hive with a training beekeeper from Beckfield Apiary to ensure that the bees are healthy and on track to produce honey at the end of the season. Training will continue online to ensure that the novice beekeepers learn how to identify, prevent and collect swarms as well as maintaining food supply if they live in an area where there is a May/June or June/July gap for forage.

Weekly inspections and record keeping will continue throughout the summer months and supers will be provided along with frames so that honey can be stored by the bees. At the end of the season, the not so novice beekeepers will learn how to extract honey and close the hive for the winter. The beekeepers will have now had extensive beekeeper training both knowledge and practical which will ensure that they are confident enough to keep their own bees in the future. The beekeepers will attend a Winter Celebration of their achievement and decide if they want to participate in the scheme the following year.

The scheme is only available to people in the Manchester area and 100% commitment is needed to ensure that the bees are looked after. Fees apply but are extremely competitive as the scheme includes the renting of a hive and bees along with training throughout the year online and in person with a beekeeper. The cost throughout the year for everything is £5 per week with a total yearly cost of £240. You not only get the training and practical experience, you get the honey as well.

So if you have been thinking I want to "keep bees in my garden" in my garden, and you live in the Manchester area, why not email or call Beckfield Apiary to discuss the Rent a beehive scheme.