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Team enjoys success with inspired leader 

Neville-webNeville Dearden is the head volunteer beekeeper at WHF and as such he has encouraged the growing contingent of volunteers (of all ages) who look after the several colonies of honey bees currently ‘housed’ on the farm. Under his tutelage, they successfully produce both honey and wax.

August 2015 – Whirlow Hall Farm Beekeepers take Show Awards

Recently, FERA (the Food Environment and Rural Affairs Ministry) warned beekeepers of the national concern that hundreds of bee colonies are starving through poor foraging this year. Undaunted, the Whirlow Farm Beekeepers have managed to get around 70 jars of honey from our bees  this year which is now on sale in the Farm Shop. Whilst harvesting this years’ honey, the Bee Team were also preparing their entries for the Sheffield Fayre Horticultural Show. This year we came away with five prize award certificates which included the Whirlow Hall Farm Honey, honey cake and three awards in the educational exhibit class!

The prize photo…

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This little bee is sorting out the propolis (glue to you and me) that they use to keep the hive tidy and also to make life just that bit more awkward for the beekeepers of course!

Neville was also awarded a special certificate on 29th April 2013 by The British Beekeepers Association to mark his amazing 50-year contribution to beekeeping in Sheffield.

It’s a hobby that tallies with his passion for making things. In the mid-1970s he patented the HoneyHome hive, which was probably the first ever ‘plastic’ hive. Constructed of expanded polyurethane foam this hive has enormous advantages over wood and is considered to be far superior in many ways to the polystyrene hives in use today. It won the ‘Best invention in beekeeping’ at the National Honey Show in the 1970s.Neville is also the leading horticulturalist on the farm.

Last edited on mlSep 2nd, 2015

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