At Newtons of Bury, they started Bury Bee Co as soon as they could. Matthew wanted to introduce bees to the flat roof location as soon as the weather would permit.
Hives surprisingly don’t need a lot of space and most can go unnoticed in the smallest of locations so the flat roof has more than enough space for the bees. Also, Urban bees tend to fare better than rural bees as there is a greater variety of pollen through the season rather than a predictable monoculture in rural spaces.
At Newtons of Bury, we host a traditional wooden hive and a more modern poly hive. At their peak, these can host 40,000 bees each. As a beekeeper Matthew’s role is to manipulate the hive to produce the most honey, this can include reducing the chance of swarming in the swarming season, providing more space for the bees to store their honey and keeping the hives safe.
The hives are currently full of Bury honey, produced from pollen up to three miles away from Newtons. They hope to harvest this early on this season and are looking forward to a busy season with both hives. There are many benefits to eating local honey, including helping those that suffer from hay fever and several other applications based on old and yet effective remedies.
Looking forward they want more and more bees in different locations throughout Bury. They want to keep more and more people posted on our bee story via social media and with the help of Saddleworth, Honey Company bring bee education to as many people as possible!