The Wimbury Beehive legacy

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on a dahlia flower © Ross Hoddinott

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on a dahlia flower

A bequest from Mrs Jane Wimbury of High Wycombe has allowed two of her favourite properties to install new beehives.

Mrs Wimbury’s kind legacy gift has been used at local properties Hughenden Manor and Greys Court, where she often visited with her husband.

Hughenden Manor, the former home of Benjamin Disraeli, has purchased two hives which are now cared for by a keen group of volunteers, some of whom are already bee-keepers. The bequest also provides a valuable opportunity for training novices in the art and science of bee management and honey production.

At Greys Court, Mrs Wimbury’s beehive will be joined by another funded by her husband. Mr Wimbury felt that funding another hive now would be a very special gesture in memory of his wife and one that she would have approved of. So if you are visiting Greys Court or Hughenden on a warm day, keep a lookout for Mr and Mrs Wimbury’s bees.