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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...:-)

Last Orders…

Holidays 2010!!!!  Woohoo!!!!

Just finished for the 2 week hols.  We’re taking the ankle biters to France camping.  Euro Exchange rate could have been kinder but what the hell…this year has been about building up to this so we’re going no matter what.

Here’s a quick piccy of a 14 x 12 Nucleus Hive.  The customer wanted a stand to suit so endeavouring to please I’ve made one up to the nuc size.  The Nucleus was ordered flat pack but as a token compensation for her patience in waiting for the order I decided to build it up and throw in one of the small hive tools and frame lifters too.  Must be the holiday season going to me ‘ead…


14x12 Nucleus Hive With Stand

All the best and here’s to bountiful honey crops for all.  See you in 2 weeks or so…(and yes I do have work waiting for when we return but I’m going to put it well out of my head for the next fortnight)


2 comments to Last Orders…

  • Paul Moss

    Hi nick you have a fantastic site exceptional indeed despite you apologizing for not attending recently.
    However can I ask if there is a conspiracy against the Langstroth hives, as no mention is made of them even the offer to make them! I am considering using them and find conflicting dimensions in regard to purchasing frames for deep and medium boxes, I have trawled a few sites that use terminology in describing them rather than dimensioning them, I intend to build one unit in Langstroth format for trial but would rather use your frames if I knew the Dims!? my reason for Langstroth over National is; I am less keen on rails holding the frames as opposed to a rebate ie I believe langstroth to be more Mono construction making for greater long term strength, am I misguided perhaps, I would appreciate your thoughts before I get going £’s down the wrong road.
    Regards, Paul.

  • admin

    Hi Paul. Thanks for the kind words re the site. I used to work in I.T. a long time ago and still have a few skills. As for National vs Langstroth I decided when I set up Peak Hives to keep it simple and just manufacture National equipment as it is by far the most popular format in the UK. I have done a few one off jobs as requested but I’m usually far to busy to take time away from National Hive making. All the best. Nick.