Bees have been kept at Plas Tan y Bwlch since May 2012, when we started to discuss opportunities for beginners to gain beekeeping experience and opportunities to promote beekeeping in the wider community, with the Meirioneth Beekeepers Association (MBKA).
Fast forward through three years of careful planning and ground works and all six of our hives are thriving! A 13-strong volunteer apiary team from the MBKA took on the task of setting up the hives and the volunteers continue to maintain them now.
The hives are inhabited by a local strain of honeybee, which tends to be darker and smaller than bees inhabiting warmer parts of the UK. These bees are hardier (and possibly more disease resistant) than their cousins and are more comfortable with the Snowdonia climate.
Honey produced from the bees at Plas (©SNPA)
Some of the beehives at Plas' grounds (©SNPA)
The wet and windy conditions of the Snowdonia climate mean that the area isn’t ideal for beekeeping, however, the proximity to heather and other pollen generating plants on the hillsides can produce some of the best quality honey during the late summer season.
Recently we have worked together with MBKA to produce honey commercially. The results have been excellent, with the Plas Tan y Bwlch bees producing delicious honey now available to buy at Plas! Call in to buy a jar or two, while they’re still available!