John Read, Lopcombe, Hampshire.. is one of our environmentally friendly and ethical small scale beekeepers. We have raw honey, from the bees he keeps at the bottom of his garden in rural Hampshire.
Until recently John combined beekeeping with shepherding; raising lambs over winter, and then beekeeping in the spring Now he’s cut back and focuses only on the bees, working with a fellow beekeeper who’s in his 90’s, so John is called ‘the boy’,
I really enjoy visiting John as he’s full of stories about beekeeping and his life in farming. He has an engineering mind and helped design farm machinery that’s still in use today - I loved being shown it all.