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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...:-)

strange but true…

just brought national hive number one from the workshop to take some photos.  parked the car outside the workshop, opened up the workshop and loaded the hive into the car, get into the car to set off and what should appear from inside the hive…a honey bee!!!

hive hadn’t ever been out of the workshop and didn’t have any frames in so it can’t have been a scout out looking for a suitable place for a swarm.  perhaps just a good omen.  hope so.

hive number 1

national hive number 1 completed in western red cedar…yay!

very pleased with the result and will be sorry to see it go…but this is supposed to be a hive making (micro) business so go it has to.  probably through ebay just to kick things off.  anyone interested in purchasing direct please phone nicholas on 07594 583 151

first hive in western red cedar

first hive in western red cedar

built strictly to BBKA plans and comes complete with…national stand with landing board, varroa open mesh floor, entrance block, brood box, 2 supers, crown board for porter bee escapes, national roof with galvanized metal cover.

setting up the workshop


here’s a photo of the very first hive produced in the workshop…

the very very first hive produced at peak-hives.co.uk

the very first hive produced at peak-hives.co.uk

made out of standard joinery red deal in order to set up the workshop jigs etc.  following the BBKA plans for the modified national hive.  once this one is finished with all the components:  varroa floor, entrance block, brood box, super, crown board and roof I should have all the jigs set up nicely to produce national hives in batches of 5 or 10 at  a time.  next one will be a hive in western red cedar to test out the jigs just made.