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Lisvane Honey Farm
Mill Farm Industrial Estate
St. Mellons Road
Thursday 10am till 4pm
Friday 10am till 4pm
Saturday 10am till 4pm
Not only do we provide the best but we also go beyond the call of duty with our after sales support.
NATURES LITTLE HELPERS
WISE OLD DRONE
Pete Shaw – Seasonal Bee Inspector, Beekeeper
Meet Pete, our wise old drone, who’ll be sharing his nuggets of wisdom on the website each month
Originally from Basseleg, his interest in bees was sparked after wandering into the Royal Welsh Show beekeeping tent, in the year of the drought 1975.
Without knowing anything, he bought a nucleus of bees, and took it home on the bus – prompting several strange looks in the process
Though stung relentlessly in the first year, Pete went into business as a bee farmer near Cwmbran, and in 1979 became the Beekeeping Officer for the whole of Glamorgan, for the Welsh Office Agricultural Division.
He met Tim in 2006 at a Bee Association training day, sold him some bees, and started mentoring him in the art of beekeeping. They then went on to work in partnership, after his wife told him, “You can’t be an official hippy any longer!” Growing Natures Little Helpers from a 2 hive hobby, to the popular and thriving business it is today.
Pete’s favourite memory is tapping off his first jar of honey in his Mother’s kitchen, after his very first honey crop, and the satisfaction he felt as a result.
His favourite time of the year is the first inspection in spring. “The bees are quiet and gentle, and with a bit of sun on your back, it’s definitely the best time of year for me!”
As a keen wine buff, baker of sticky ginger cake, archaeologist, chess champion, and avid reader, we’re sure Pete won’t be short of things to do now he’s decided to retire from the business side of things.
However, he does still plan to carry on producing tons of honey, as well as continuing to contribute his expertise as a Beekeeper and Inspector to our wonderful world of bees.