Beekeeping at Packwood
If you pay a visit to the orchard at Packwood on your next visit you’ll notice a new addition to the picturesque landscape that’s creating quite a buzz.
Honey bees are important pollinating insects and here in the orchard we have two National bee hives. During the summer there could be up to 50,000 bees in each colony . There is one queen bee whose main job is to lay the eggs. There are a few hundred male drone bees, whose sole job is to mate with the queen bee. The queen is looked after by the young female worker bees who do practically all the work in the colony, look after the brood (eggs and larvae), clean and maintain the hive and when older they forage for nectar and pollen.
The bees visit different flowers during the season, flying up to 2 or 3 miles to collect nectar and pollen which they bring back to their hive. They produce honey from the nectar and store it in wax honey comb.
We are hoping to harvest this in late July/early August leaving some honey for the bees. This new introduction brings back our historic connection to housing bees at Packwood – pop along to the south facing wall of the Raised Terrace and you will be able to see the bee boles and skeps.
If you see Richard, Channy or Joanne in the gardens at Packwood on your visit they will be happy to answer any question you have on our bee hives.
Update: new bee skeps in the Yew garden
Our bee skeps in the yew garden were looking a little well-loved so we're delighted to now house 5 brand-new skeps. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Mike Twonsend, Val Dillon and Clive and Eileen Joyce of the British Beekeeper Association for making and donating them.