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British National Beehives

Based in a small workshop in Tideswell in the Peak District we make Highest Quality British National Beehives out of 1st grade American Western Red Cedar or High Quality Red Deal according to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Modified National Hive Plans. Everything we sell we make here in the Peak District. We also stock other items of Beekeeping Supplies including Frames, Foundation Wax and Hive Tools. The driving forces behind peak-hives.co.uk are sustainability and quality workmanship. Sustainability because, well it matters quite a bit we think and quality workmanship because customer satisfaction is paramount.

Cedar Scarcity.

Unfortunately building materials are extremely scarce at the moment and pricing is highly volatile. This goes for Western Red Cedar too. I have decided that until the market settles down I will not be making up any Cedar hives or hive parts. We'll be back in operation once the supply issues have been resolved. Many thanks.


Want to see your National Hive being made? Here's what's going on in the workshop right now. The image is updated every 10 minutes during working hours. Click to see full size...



The rest of the centre column is an ongoing blog of what's new at peak-hives.co.uk and other items of interest...veg garden...renewables etc, but please don't let reading about the allotment distract you from placing your order...:-)

Eat Natural Hives…

As a Winter project I was asked to make the 50 first Eat Natural Hives.  Quite good fun and using recycled pallets the specially designed hive looks a treat…

There’s a video of me making them at


The Honey Man – Tideswell Theatre

Coming to Tideswell on 10th May – The Honey Man, by New Perspectives Theatre Company, about a bee keeper.

A four star review in The Guardian today:


East Africa Appeal Auction

An attempt to raise some funds for a good cause.  Never tried anything like it before.  Click the Link below to go to the ebay page…

Auction on Ebay to raise funds for DEC East Africa Appeal


Our Forests

Just chipped in a few quid to

Save Our Forests

Returning a favour

Tree Surgeon Paul Johnson kindly allowed me to harvest some local Western Red Cedar for making into British National Hives.  I’m due to pick up the Cedar from Rowsely Sawmill tomorrow after which it’ll join the Chatsworth Cedar for seasoning.  Paul’s son Perry is very keen (and very knowledgeable!) on birds and wanted a dovecote so I decided that it would be easy enough for me to return the favour.  Here’s a quick photo of the result.



Luckily Perry has found some doves locally and they are now in their garden shed awaiting a new home.  All that’s needed now is to put some felt on the roof and paint/stain and the birds can move in.

Best of luck Perry!

Enduring the Cold Snap…

View from the kitchen window…

Winter 2009

Winter 2009

It is very pretty (and the children are loving it!!!) but it’s becoming a chore now…my current best friend is…

husqvarna...keeping the little ones warm...

husqvarna...keeping us warm...

…to keep the home fires burning…if only the home (my parents home) were better insulated, then I wouldn’t have to be out so often with the chain saw looking for fuel.  It’s a long story but the short version is that the house was built during the war when materials were scarce.  Nick.

sloe gin time…

it’s sloe gin time…  the berries are nice and ripe and I’ll have to get picking before the birds beat me to it…if I’m up early enough I should have time to get some sloes and finish off some nucleus hives tomorrow.  cheers.