This project has been
extremely rewarding and is now taking up a great deal of our
manufacturing time as we are receiving several orders for both the
building and our external bee hives.
This building was initial experimental and is based in Finsbury
park, London. It was funded by an agency charged with looking
into the countries policy in keeping bees. 99% of all bee in
the UK are kept solely by amateurs and bee keeping generally is on
the decline. This is obviously very concerning to the
government as bee pollination contributes greatly to the countries
Research has been ongoing for the past two years and we have been
involved now for over 9 months, several prototypes have been made
and we have now finalised the design for all the three areas: the
building, internal hives and external beehives.
The agency had numerous ideas of what they wanted to accomplish but
weren't sure on how to do it, we have worked extremely closely with
them and produced this building. The main features of the bee
environmentally friendly structure - all the wood that Taylors use
is from sustainable sources and we only use suppliers who can supply
a chain of custody certificate.
building had to be rot free and allow good ventilation - we employed
the Walter Segal principle and have raised the building on stilts to
ensure an even air flow around the building, should rot occur all is
needed is to replace the feet themselves. This system is now
quite popular in our products and we are presently building a scout
hut on National Trust property using this principle. As well
as the obvious benefit of reducing the likely hood of rot is the
fact that the ground is not disturbed unduly still allowing good
and lighting - The building is clad in very substantial 22mm
cladding on a 2"x2" and 3"x2" framing with a fully framed, ledged
and braced door with 5 lever mortise locks. Instead of windows
we have introduced Perspex skylights with outward ventilation areas
for bees to escape should they enter the building. We have
also installed a solar panel on the roof to run a small internal
light for use in the evenings.
access - one of the main criteria for this whole project is to open
up bee keeping to the very young, old and disabled. This
building easily accommodates a wheel chair and the hives are
designed to allow easy manageability for the disabled
The hives themselves are made from the same cladding as the building
and in fact in most cases are off cuts from our main manufacturing
process for our sheds, this in turn reduces the costs considerably
and again is environmentally friendly due to the recycling of a
product that would normally be destroyed.
The main features and benefits of the hives are:
manageable and operated by the elderly, children and the disabled -
one of the main problems of present day bee keeping is the lifting
increase honey production - The beehive works on a horizontal plane
rather than in present day hives which are vertical. This
allows harvesting of honey right from the beginning of the
season. These beehives accommodate all the standard size combs
available today but we are experimenting with plastic combs and
preformed beeswax combs.
Space - considerable research has taken place into the areas bee
prefer most the hives themselves were manufactured to quite tight
Ventilation - one of the problems with the present day beehives is
one of ventilation. This hive has been built to allow a
through ventilation from the floor upward
Cleanliness - our structure can be separated from the floor area for
a seasonal clean if necessary to gain access to the varoa mesh
below, for every day cleaning it has a pull out tray below the mesh.
this beehive will accept ten combs in each compartment separated by
a queen excluder.
Once it was realised the success of the internal hives we were asked
to produce an external version, again keeping in mind access for the
disabled and young. This model has proved to be very desirable
and is certainly different from the standard hives. Although
this beehive is not available in our catalogue yet it is available
for sale to those who are interested.
The main features this bee hive has is:
Removable weather proof lid
ventilation guarded by mesh - ventilation for our hive works on a
vertical mushroom effect, air travels through the hive and then
rolls down the inner of the lid reaching a ledge and venting through
handles for moving when necessary
entrance with landing ledge, the entrance itself has a sliding door
which can be made as small or large as required.
down flap, protected from the weather which gains access to the pull
out tray, in summer months this can also be left down to increase
ventilation helping to control the temperature in the hive.
this can be at any height as required.
This picture shows the ventilation holes, bee entrance with sliding
door and landing ledge
Showing the weather proof lid removed to gain access to the crown
Our hives being tested against traditional hives at Finsbury.
We have obviously left out numerous details of our beehive and bee
house but should you wish to receive more information or discuss the
possibility of owning one then we would be very pleased to hear from