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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...:-)

Covid 19 and Peak Hives

Difficult times call for special measures so we hope all Peak Hives customers remain safe and act in the best interests of all.

As a one person business manufacturing our hives I am continuing working. My commute is around 5 metres so no exposure to nasty viruses. Please feel free to continue ordering from us if you are requiring our top quality National Hives.

There may be some small delays due to my needing to take care of family and others in the community but all orders will be made up and sent as and when possible. And we don’t let valued customers down!

Keep safe!


Peak Hives on The Albert Hall

Steve from the London Honey Company contacted me a while back and commissioned 4 Cedar Modified Dadant Hives with copper gabled roofs and fancy copper covered porches. They are to go on top of the Royal Albert Hall! Really pleased. Can’t think of a more prestigious location for Peak Hives products. Hoping he’ll send me some photos when the hives are installed with bees.

Albert Hall Hives
Albert Hall Hives

As usual at this time of year the workshop is busy with standard National Hives and we appreciate our customers patience as their order makes it’s way to the top of the queue. I’m also making several Cedar Observation Hives for RHS shows and there’s a Top Bar Hive to start this week. 2020 looks set to be an ‘interesting’ year what with one thing and another so lets hope it’s also going to be a good beekeeping season!