Welcome to Porch Honey - Where you can find boutique honey, beeswax candles, a bag for life and gift packs but most of all a commitment to our bees
Porch Honey is a family-run business with a passion for ethical bee-management and producer of naturally-harvested raw honey.
We began Porch Honey in 2011 with a single urban apiary, situated above our porch at home in Stanford le Hope, on the Thames Estuary in Essex. Since then, we have increased the number of hives we manage. We have been very fortunate to be given permission to locate our hives in local country parks that are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where our bees can forage for pollen in acres of natural meadows, free from pesticides.
We also follow our own ethical style of bee-management, for example we do not clip the wings of our queen bees (a common practice used by other traditional bee-keepers). We carry out regular inspections of our hives to detect new queen cells early, which enables us to split the hive before the bees swarm. We have also opted to use poly hives, over the traditional wooden hive, which provide better insulation for our bees.
As well as ensuring our bees are happy, our approach helps them produce the delicious varieties of honey that are available to purchase.