Brogdale Bees – Late Summer Update

The Brogdale Bees are still doing really well. Excitingly, we have successfully created our first home bred Brogdale colony of bees, by dividing two of the strongest colonies a few weeks back.

This new hive is very healthy and we are feeding it with special pollen enriched fondant to get it well developed for the winter.

Each nucleus now has eggs and larvae, which means the bees have produced a new queen or queens, and the nuclei are now combined in one new hive. The queens will fight it out until one survivor rules the new hive. Or, possibly, the workers will decide which one they want and starve the others.

We have bottled about 150 pound jars of delicious honey. The first batch was crystallised honey from oilseed rape.  After that came a clear honey from brambles, elderflowers, lime trees and of course, wild and garden flowers.

Buy Brogdale Honey from our shop in the Brogdale Marketplace!

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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