Gavin has been keeping bees for 40 years, since persuading his parents to let him have some as a young boy and now he keeps bees in his garden in Garvestone, a village in Norfolk. Gavin is one of our environmentally friendly and ethical small scale beekeepers and we have raw honey, from the bees he keeps in his garden.
Gavin is also a scientist for the NHS so his bees are very much a hobby, although he’s looking forward to retiring and being able to spend more time with them! He’s very keen on recycling things so he uses the polystyrene boxes his scientific samples are sent to him in at work as insulated roofs for his hives.
He’s surrounded by the flat Norfolk countryside with it’s huge open vistas as well as the other gardens in the village so Gavin suspects that his bees mainly visit nearby brambles and hedgerows as well as a stream and the marshy boundary he has to his garden. There are also rough fields nearby with clover and weeds, and others that had are sown with field bean. Like all UK raw honey, his is definitely multi-floral!