All our wooden hives are made from the finest quality Western Red Cedar. Imperfections and knots are discarded, ensuring you receive a top quality product which will last for many years.
Q. WHAT CUT OF WOOD HAS BEEN USED TO BUILD THE HIVE?
We don’t skimp on the quality of the wood used in our hives. Only the premium cuts of wood are used. We cut from the centre of the sections, avoiding the sapwood that will rot easily and the tough wood at the centre which is prone to cuts, splits and knots.
Q. IS THE HIVE MADE FROM SEASONED TIMBER? WHY IS SEASONED TIMBER SO IMPORTANT?
Unlike other bee hives on the market, our timber is seasoned – this means cut and dried for many months, sometimes years, before we use it to build your hive. This ensures a much finer finish, and there will be less chance of wood shrinkage, splitting and twisting. Our comb joints will always fit snugly, with no
need to use unsightly nails. (Properly dried wood also allows ease of assembly when purchasing flat pack goods.) That's why we offer you a 10 year guarantee.
SHOULD I BUY MY HIVE READY ASSEMBLED OR FLAT PACKED?
Our craftsmen use Cascamite (powder resin wood glue, stronger than the wood itself) to seal all joints, and sand them all for a perfect smooth finish. No gaps in the joints means better insulation for the bees and sealed entry points for predators. Our fully assembled products give you reassurance and peace of mind, while our flat-pack product will fit together perfectly.
DOES THE HIVE CONTAIN PLASTIC PARTS?
We always use quality galvanised metal for our varroa floors, trays and runners. This not only makes our parts longer lasting and hard wearing, it also means that they can be blow-torched clean when sterilising your hive.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FINISH ON MY HIVE?
All our hive parts, including our cover boards are expertly finished, ensuring you a top-quality product throughout. The craftsmanship used in the joinery ensures water is kept out, essential for a healthy hive.
Your hive does not need painting however if you wish to do so then please wait for about 3 years to allow the hive to weather. Only when the wood has silvered can it be painted and then, only externally.
With 200 years of gardening knowledge and expertise, and a Royal
Warrant, we are delighted to offer you a range of seeds, plants and trees
from Suttons that will help you attract bees to your garden!
They have a wonderful range of flower and vegetable seeds, young
plants, bulbs, fruit bushes, and other horticultural products, plus a
number of growing guides and regular newsletters to help you get the
most from your garden, allotment or small holding, and to help your bees
by providing them with the perfect plants for pollinators.
Their programme of phasing out the use of neonicotinoids, and by
careful control of the growing environment, they can ensure the plant
stock is truly bee friendly and safe.
None of our seeds are treated with neonicotinoids. At the beginning of 2018 we eliminated neonicotinoids from all of our plant production. It is possible that the compost of some plants grown prior to this may still contain diminishing traces of neonicotinoids but from June onwards we anticipate that all our annual and perennial plants will be neonicotinoid free.
This depends on the artwork. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, attaching a PDF of your required label and confirming the size and quantity. We will then check the details and come back to you with a quote and delivery timeframe.
If you follow our sizing guideline then the item should fit however if not then please return it to us within 14 days, unworn and in the original packaging. We will then either replace with an alternative size or refund, whichever you prefer.