Looking for a project Kim and Sam could share, they choose beekeeping as a school project and later combined the management of their hives with Sam’s school Business Studies course, their interest in beekeeping quickly grew.

Kim & Sam are strong believers in natural bee-management principles, refusing to clip the queens’ wings or destroy queen cells within the hive, relying upon more natural methods of splitting hives to control populations and prevent swarming by catching the process early. This ethical approach, combined with the monitoring of other pollinators in the surrounding areas has ensured Porch Honey beehives are allowed to evolve naturally with the surrounding environment they are kept in rather than taking over the surrounding landscapes.

Having learned much from their first apiary, Kim & Sam engaged with two local country parks, Wat Tyler Country Park and Langdon Hills Country Park, which has enabled them to position hives in natural surroundings working with the .

Both parks contain Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including meadows and marshlands that are maintained through natural processes as habitats for a variety of wildlife, and give Porch Honey bees the opportunity to forage in their natural environments, free from pesticides and other factors that have led to the decline in bee populations in recent years.

Kim and Sam are passionate about the ethical approach to bee management, we conducts educational talks and demonstrations to spread knowledge of holistic techniques for beekeeping.

Porch Honey uses poly hives instead of the traditional wooden hives, providing the bees with a better insulated hive and increased resilience during the cold winters. In the long, cold winter of 2013, this protection meant that out bees were actually ready to swarm by the time we did our first inspection of the year.

If you’d like to learn more about the science and art of keeping bees, both in rural and urban environments, visit our Education pages for guides and facts about bee management.

Kim Burnham