The Importance of Bees & Beekeeping: Why The World Needs Bees

You’ve probably already noticed that we love our bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! But the incredible products they create, from propolis that works wonders for natural healing to the delicious honey that we all know and love, is just the tip of the ice-berg.

Bees are essential for human life on this planet, but the sad and scary truth is that they are rapidly dying out. To help protect and save these wonderful creatures and to preserve our own way of life too, it is of the utmost importance that we all educate ourselves and others on what it is exactly that makes bees so amazing and so integral for life.

Why The World Needs Bees

There are more than 20,000 species of bees in the world today, indigenous to different areas all over the planet. In the UK alone, there are several hundred types that separate into two different categories: Social and Solitary. All of these types of bees offer their own unique contribution to planet earth.

All bees are pollinators and pollinators are essential for crops, from fruit and veg to coffee and tea, to be able to thrive. There is a famous quote from Albert Einstein “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live” and this might be quite true: An incredible 84% of crops grown for human consumption today rely on bees and a select few other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality – that is an absolutely huge amount of food, that we survive off of, that depends on the existence of bees.

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Does Beekeeping Help?

We are proud to say that Chain Bridge Honey has a whopping 1,800 hives throughout the Northumberland and Scottish Borders, from which we make all of our lovely products. Beekeeping is a great way to help boost the bee population, when done right, and it’s also a great hobby!

Keeping bees helps to strengthen the gene pool by adding healthy bees back into the population. Not only that, but just two hives can pollinate an entire mid-sized garden for thriving plants!

If you’re keen to try your hand at beekeeping, be sure to join a local beekeepers’ association first, so that you can learn all about how to keep your colonies alive and well.

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The Chain Bridge Honey Gardener’s Gift Guide

Is it too early to mention Christmas? Probably, but just in case you’re thinking about it already, have a birthday coming up or fancy treating someone special who loves gardening we thought we’d put together the perfect gardener’s gift guide!

Our online shop is packed full of great gift ideas for anyone who loves to potter around in the garden, from practical items to luxury bits and bobs – there’s something for everyone.

To help you put together the ideal gift basket or Christmas stocking (or perhaps you just fancy treating yourself!) here is our gardener’s gift guide:

Hand Cream

Hard-working hands are a inevitable product of avid gardening, so help keep those mitts soft, soothed and smelling beautiful with one of our 100% natural and deeply moisturising hand creams.

We’ve got a scent to suit everyone, from summer burst to fill your nostrils with warm, floral aromas, to the more unisex scents of citrus or lavender.

The essential oils we use in our hand creams aren’t just for smell though – read all about their beneficial properties in our blog ‘Essential Oils & Why We Use Them’ to discover the right one for you.

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Beeswax Polish

How about something that can be put to good, practical use? Our beeswax and carnauba furniture polish had to get a mention in our gardener’s gift guide, for the all important finishing touches on wooden garden furniture, or maybe even woodworking projects that get created in the garden!

This superior quality polish is exactly what you need for enduring protection and shine. Your gardener in mind will love this useful addition.

Beekeeping Book

It’s not at all unusual for people who love being in the garden to have a keen interest in bees – they do help flowers and plants flourish after all!

There are endless benefits to beekeeping, for us as individuals as well as the planet, so taking up beekeeping is a fantastic thing to do.

Point your loved one in the right direction for getting started with this invaluable book for beginners, ‘More Beekeeping Hints for Beginners’ by Ann Middleditch.

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Natural Ointment

The odd scrape, scratch and sting comes hand in hand with regular gardening, so including one of our healing ointments in our gardener’s gift guide was essential. Speed up the repair process with just a small dab of your chosen ointment – a little goes a long way.

For really impressive healing results, try our honey and oat ointment with added Propolis. Propolis is absolutely fantastic for fixing up any minor wounds: you can read all about it here.

Honey Soap

Once it’s time to pack up and come inside, clean up in luxury with one (or a selection of) our gentle honey and beeswax soaps. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin and containing no less than 8% honey and 8% beeswax from our own hives for a luxurious experience, our soaps are a real treat.

Available in a wide range of natural scents and hand-wrapped in colourful, waxed paper, making these a great addition to our gardener’s gift guide.

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Tweedside Honey

It’s hungry work slaving away in the garden, so revive with a cup of tea and a slice of toast slathered in our delicious, mild honey.

You may have noticed that we’re pretty proud of our honey products and eating it has got to be of the best ways to enjoy our beekeeper’s and bee’s hard work!

Coming straight from our 1,800 hives in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, it doesn’t get any better than this. A must have in the gardener’s gift guide.

Welcome to our new website

Hello world!

Welcome to our brand, spanking new website! We decide to upgrade and improve as time and tide waits for no man. This splendid new website and online shop is accessible on mobile phones and tablets as well as your laptops and desktop computer. Our new and improved site is hopefully easier to use (for both you and us!) but we’re still available on the telephone (01289 382362 or +441289 382362 if you’re calling from overseas) and we even accept snail mail too! We love to hear from you so please do get in touch!

The new start is good timing as the bees are starting their new season around about now too. We’re moving hives from their winter sites to fields of oil seed rape and beans on low ground. The rape seed is a great boost for the bees at this time of the year and thanks to good husbandry and good fortune the bees are mostly quite strong and ready to fly after a reasonably mild winter here in the borderlands between England and Scotland.

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Our visitor centre is fully open now for the summer season with our Cafe Bus serving nice cups of tea alongside some delicious honey cakes and treats. It’s a great place for a cuppa when the sun is out and a quirky retreat when it’s not!

Lipbalm sales are really taking off now thanks to a wonderful customer (or two!) in Holland and Belgium. You can find our Honey & Beeswax Lip Balm jars in Dille & Kamille, a truly lovely chain of shops.

While our Beeswax Furniture Polish is now being sold by a great family company called Lakeland. You may have seen their stores in major cities worldwide or have received their catalogue through the mail. I’s a real pleasure to be able to count such a nice firm as a customer. Any new friends such as this are always greatly received! Please send us your tips or tell your friends in high places!

We have more exciting news in the works but we’ll keep that for next time…

Thank you for your support and for visiting our website, we hope you will visit us in person and continue to buy our products so that we can keep doing what we do.

the honeybees xx