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At Sky Park Farm we really love bees and honey!
May is a busy time for beekeepers across the country.
Our beekeeper, David, is nurturing 14 new hives in our new apiary situated beyond the Farm Experience car park. The first small crop of new season Sky Honey should be available in the Farm Shop from June – weather dependent. As the hives mature into strong colonies more and more honey will be available in the Farm Shop. David will be available on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May if you have any questions you’d like to ask him.
Cold filtered and additive free Sky Honey is not blended or heated and may crystallise, which is a natural process of pure honey. The combination of the nectar collected during the season gives the taste significant depth. The Farm Shop also supplies honey from a number of local ethical beekeepers within the South Downs National Park.
- Bees are industrious! It takes 7kg of honey to produce 1kg of wax
- To produce a 227g jar a honeybee has to fly 1.5 times around the earth
- Honeybees forage up to 2km from the hive – up to 1200 hectares
- One teaspoon of honey = 64 calories
- Honey is a source of antioxidants
- Honey is renowned for helping with digestive problems, balancing cholesterol, has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties used for treatment of burns, wounds, and foot ulcers and helps to soothe sore throats and coughs
- Local honey is often used as a remedy for hay fever and other allergies and can be used to relieve dermatitis
- In ancient Egypt, honey was the most popular medicament and mentioned 500 times in the known 900 remedies. It was also used in medieval medicines to make them more palatable
Visitors who love honey can enjoy viewing our unique Observation Beehive in the Farm Shop.
The design is similar to a natural – or straw skep – hive to allow the queen freedom to move around anywhere in the hive. A complex construction to ensure appropriate ventilation and mitigate swarming. Access to the hive for the bees to forage is designed to mirror a natural environment and to ensure the bees could set up a routine – they get frustrated and ill tempered without one! A beehive consists of twelve brood frames – six occupied by bees and six with a wax foundation for the bees to draw into cells where, together with forage collected, they will fill with nectar in readiness for winter.
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