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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...:-)

National Hive Roof and Frames…

We’ve just purchased some tooling to improve upon our National Hive Roof design.  Now roofs will be constructed using 1/2″ lock joints.  Frames wise I decided that it was worth investing in a thin kerf saw blade for our table saw.  Each cut will only waste 1.7mm instead of the usual 3.2mm.  When machining up lots and lots of little parts (ie. frame bits) it will be much more economical if each rip through the timber only consumes 1.7mm….that’s the theory anyway and it’s backed up by me getting the plastic out to pay for an expensive saw blade…

We hope your bees will be happy in our hives and would welcome feedback in the new season…photos or comments please and we’ll set up a gallery area on the site.

All the best


4 comments to National Hive Roof and Frames…

  • richard


    I hope you can help? I am after the following-

    2 x supers (deal)
    20 frames

    The above is for a national hive and I would prefer them to be assembled. If this is possible could you let me know the cost?

    Many thanks,


  • admin

    Hi Richard. I’m extremely busy and this means I’m concentrating only on hive orders at the moment. So I wouldn’t be able to do the frames for you until later in the season. As for the supers I can certainly do them for you but again the orders list is pretty hefty and currently the waiting list is around 4 weeks. Hope that helps. Nick.

  • Pete

    You are quite right, plastic feeders are not very good, OK for emergencies but that’s all. I would like to buy one of your Ashforth feeders (what sort of cover? plastic or polycarb, and is it securely held in place?), and how much + p&p to Notts, and how long to wait?

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