In October 2016 we commenced work on the creation of a new Club apiary on a 2.6 acre site, contained in an 11 acre garden and woodland area, close to the centre of Lancaster. Our aspirations were to:
- create a training apiary with all-weather wheelchair access
- plant and maintain a half-acre wildflower meadow
- build a club house
- manage the one acre of woodland on site for the benefit of local wildlife.
On 1st January 2021, as an outcome of Brexit, it became illegal to import bees, other than queen bees, into the UK. In order to ensure, as far as practical, that our new members were able to access stocks of healthy, docile bees, well suited to our local environment, we decided to set up a separate breeding apiary. Whilst not yet complete, by the end of the 2021 season we had built the structure, installed the hives and introduced stocks of British Black Bees (Apis mellifera mellifera). We expect to be able to produce new nucleus colonies in the 2022 season.