Great Fosters took up the art of beekeeping in April 2011 with 3 “cottage garden” (WBC) hives and three small colonies of bees located in woodland beside the Lime Avenue. Under the watchful eye of David Arpino our first batch of honey was harvested in the Autumn of that year – much earlier than experts anticipated. The hotel provides an excellent base from which the bees forage around the local area, travelling up to three miles collecting pollen and nectar which explains the 30lbs of heather-rich honey in September 2011.
David is continuing to work with us and in 2012 we increased the number of hives to 14 to increase the size of our apiary. David’s enthusiasm is infectious and he is keen to share this absorbing and fascinating pastime with you. Please read his monthly diary entries for more of an insight into the life of the Great Fosters' Bee Master. Honey will also be on sale at the hotel, subject to availability of course!
We are now keeping our very own rare breed middle white pigs, who arrived in their new residence last week. They are settling in well and we hope to have some delicious pork and bacon in the weeks to come!
To see how cute (or just plain scary!) they look click here.