• Barefoot Beekeeper

    Last week Beefayre hosted their first ethical bee keeping course run by Phil Chandler of Barefoot Beekeeper fame. It was a fascinating, enlightening and interesting course and we all gained a lot from his experience and the wisdom of Phil’s beekeeping. One of the most interesting facts I didn’t know was that the drones (male bee studs) collect annually in the same location from lots of different hives. No one knows how they know to do this or how they know, it is one of nature’s true marvels! Males all die out year on year so the location can’t be passed on that way and the virgin queen only flies once to mate with up to 20 drones that will provide her with a lifetime…(up to 10 years) of sperm! Simply fascinating! Phil will be back in the spring to run anot...
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  • Balanced Beekeeping Course with Phil Chandler

    Join  us for a 2 day course on Balanced beekeeping  with Phil Chandler here at Farndon Grange, Market Harborough, Tuesday evening 26th September, until Thursday tea time 28th September. You can choose to visit daily if you live nearby, or reside here on a fully inclusive basis. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the duration of the course. We have an assortment of rooms, 3 large ensuites with two single beds in each and three king en suites for couples, or single use at an extra supplement, so we can sleep between 9 – 12 people very comfortably here. There’s even a swimming pool!  Please email   [email protected]  for further details. Balanced beekeeping is a continuous quest for the improvement of our relationship with bees. It recognises that keeping bees ...
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  • Wildflower meadow interview with Radio Leicester

    Earlier this month Bridget Blair from Radio Leicester interviewed Sharon regarding our wildflower meadow at Beefayre HQ. A hundred years ago, the British countryside was full of beautiful and colourful wildflower meadow.  But a staggering 97 per cent of them have disappeared since the 1930’s, that’s over 7.5 million acres of them. Download link to Radio interview The good news is you don’t necessarily need acres of garden to help plant up habitat.  You can create a really useful food source for all our pollinators by planting up pots on a veranda, or do some ‘guerrilla gardening’ and scatter wildflower seeds on scrappy ground, common areas and verges!  These plants thrive in the margins and don’t need nutrient rich soil or looking after. Sow the seeds and l...
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  • We have a lovely hamper of goodies to giveaway!

    Every month we team up with another company to run a lovely competition giveaway.  This month we’ve got a scrumptious hamper from Mellow Yellow Kitchen – a local grower of rapeseed, who are proudly not using neonicotinoids on their crops. To win their delicious oils and condiments, plus some lovely Beefayre bits, simply like our page, like their page and tag a friend! July’s competition to win a hamper of mellow yellow & beefaye goodies!
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  • 'Ornamental plants on sale to the public are a significant source of pesticide residues with implications for the health of pollinating insects' Use your buying power to good influence!

    Dave Goulson (British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex) has just completed an accepted paper that highlights the bee killing pesticides in the plants bought from many garden centres. This was a research paper that Beefayre customers helped fund.  Each year we donate 3% of our profits to various bee conservation initiatives in the UK. So when you are shopping from your local garden centre be sure to ask if the plants you are buying are pesticide free.  This active questioning will help highlight the issue and motivate garden centres to source pesticide free plants. Do not underestimate the power of the consumer, you can help push for change! Seek out your local organic garden centres and nurseries and ...
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  • Beefayre & Appleyard London

    This June we have teamed up with the stylish flower boutique Appleyard London to run a joint competition. For your chance to win a luxury bundle of products & flowers worth £200.   CLICK HERE TO ENTER and answer the simple question, what percentage do we donate to bee conservation every year? Good luck! ⭐️ Furthermore, all Beefayre customers have been given a £10 gift voucher.     SHOP HERE in the ‘Scented Creations’ Flowers and Beefayre Gifts section.     Enter: BEEFAYRE10 to claim your £10 voucher. Appleyard was born out of a passion for boutique floral design. Their experienced florists craft each bouquet by hand to create gorgeous gifts, so that you can send flowers to surprise and delight your loved ones, making every occasion memorable.
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