BEEKEEPING WITH ROWSE
In August, we were invited to discover the natural wonder of honey with our friends at Rowse. At Aire, we’re always up for new challenges, and as big honey fans, we jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the honeybee, the role of a beekeeper, and what it takes to create the sweet stuff!
Nestled in the bee-autiful Buckinghamshire countryside, our day started at a local honey farm with tea, freshly baked scones, and of course, lots of honey to try! Full from the tasty treats, we were ready to climb into our bright white beekeeper suits and make our way to the hives.
We approached a small wood which was home to thousands of bees. The trees in the wood provide shelter from wind, rain, and bright sunlight - making it the perfect place for the colonies to thrive.
The hive is made up of stacked wooden boxes and our beekeeper guide, and owner of the farm - Ged, showed us the inner workings of the honey making process. He removed the wooden frames inside the box to reveal the busy colony. The frames were completely covered in beeswax! For anyone who may not know, this is what creates the iconic hexagonal honeycomb shape. When the honey is ready to be harvested, only a few frames are taken from one section of the hive - the rest are left for the bees to survive on through winter.
DID YOU KNOW?
Whilst exploring and learning what it takes to be a beekeeper, Ged gave us lots of fun facts. Here are a few I thought were interesting …
Worker bees are all female - they collect the pollen and nectar for the whole colony!
The ‘Queen’ chooses whether she lays male or female eggs depending on what the colony needs.
The worker bees use the angle of the sun to navigate their way from the pollen source back to the hive - this was so they don’t get lost.
Being a beekeeper takes lots of hard work, persistence and devotion but understanding the process of harvesting honey has made us at Aire, appreciate the delicious taste of honey even more!