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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.


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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 Nucleus Hive Options.

Here’s a couple of National Nucleus Hives I’ve finished today.  On the left a flat pack National Nuc in Red Deal with a standard floor.  On the right a fully assembled Cedar National Nuc with Varroa Floor (with slide out tray).  Both take 5 Hoffman DN4 frames with an extra 8mm manipulation space.

National Nucleus Hives

National Nucleus Hive Options

4 comments to National Nucleus Hive Options.

  • Serena Watts

    Will you be at Stoneleigh this year?

  • admin

    I’m afraid not Serena. Peak Hives is only a one man cottage industry and with the current workload I have (and children to manage) Stoneleigh isn’t going to happen this year. I will try to get to 2011 though. All the best. Nick.

  • Peter Field


    As I am experimenting with both standard national and 14 x12 National hives I have an brood box eke to convert up.

    Would you be able to supply national nucleus ekes if I ordered standard national nucleus hives?


    Peter Field

  • Liz Brace

    Hello Nicholas and Adriana,
    I would like to buy my partner, as a surprise, a nucleus box, assembled in cedar.
    He had his first hive in May, and is truly smitten! It’s a standard national hive, so I would like something compatible with this, he’s anxious to have one just in case a swarm settles in our garden!
    For my part, I used to design joinery, so a thing of beauty and quality is important.
    I realise that you are soon to go on holiday, so I would like to place an order in readiness for your return.
    Liz Brace