We’re excited to be able to offer Chilterns residents and businesses a chance to sponsor one or more beehives and be actively involved in local beekeeping. By sponsoring a beehive you not only get to be part of this amazing tradition but also help to increase the local bee population.
Hive sponsorship opportunities are limited so get in touch!
‘What’s in it for me?’ we hear you ask!
For an initial £250* for the first year, followed by £50 per year, you’ll get all of the following amazing benefits:
- Sponsorship of brand new hive with 2 supers and all frames/foundation
- We do all the work to introduce, maintain and keep the bees happy within the Chilterns
- 25% discount on all ‘hyperlocal’, single-hive honey
- Your name (or business) will be included on jars of honey produced from your hives
- A special mention on our website as a sponsor
- Regular photos of your hive’s and honey (which you’re welcome to use on your social accounts)
- A tour of the hive(s)
- Regular inclusion on our Instagram feed (1500+ relevant and engaged followers and growing) and Twitter account (238 followers and growing)
- Regular updates on our Whatsapp ‘RB & Me’ group (phone number required)
- That warm feeling that you’re doing something to help these fantastic little insects!
Why you should sponsor a beehive
The Chilterns are an amazing area of natural woodland, traditional farmland and even orchid covered dells. In order for us to preserve these amazing landscapes and for them to flourish, we need the help of bees (as well as other insects). By encouraging more people to get involved in beekeeping, but without the time burdens associated with it, we believe we can make a difference to our small part of the world.
In the time that we’ve been beekeeping, we’ve met some amazing people from all areas of the Chilterns community. Food producers, journalists, conservation campaigners to name but a few.
We hope to continue this trend with the ‘RB & Me’ program. Bringing like-minded individuals and local business together with a common goal, to see the Chilterns, and everything in it, thrive!
Bees are dying out across the globe. Although there are efforts to reverse this decline (France have recently banned all harmful pesticides) we all need to do our bit to help keep these amazing and vital creatures alive and well!
Why are bees dying out?
The main reasons for global bee decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and bee-killing pesticides are a particular threat for honeybees.
It’s becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, used in our agriculture systems,
have had hugely negative effects on the health of bees – both individually and at the colony level. Even, sub-lethal, low-dose effects of insecticides on bees are various and diverse.
*£250 initial sponsorship includes work to split a current hive colony in order to create your new colony. Should you wish to purchase a swarm as soon as one is available, the cost is £425 per hive. Full terms and conditions available here.