Our lucky bees are located in some of the most beautiful locations in West Dorset. These chalk downs are also home to hundreds of species of birds, bumble bees and butterflies. The Reiki Bee Project enables Honey Bees to thrive, undisturbed in this safe, certified organic and bio-diverse environment.
We aim to provide bees with as near-natural environment as possible. Thanks to our fundraising in 2016 our newest bee colonies now live in ‘Warre Hives’, which mimic tree trunks, keeping the bees better insulated than in conventional honey-farming hives. The Reiki Bees draw their own wax, rather than using commercially prepared foundation wax (which can contain contaminates and pesticides). This combination makes a less attractive environment for Varoa mites, negating the need for us to routinely use treatment chemicals.
Our bees are checked regularly from their hive entrances, their hives are only opened to meet our legal requirements or if we feel they are in need of assistance. We believe that one contribution to honey bee colony collapse is human intervention, so we carefully monitor, allowing the bees to manage themselves, as they have done for millions of years!
As Warre Hives are expensive we also use customised, insulated traditional hives to the same effect.
We gladly welcome donations of any good quality secondhand bee-keeping equipment.
Sponsor A Hive
Our ‘Bee Involved’ Sponsorship Package is for those who want to sponsor a hive, either for yourself, or as gift, Birthday, Christmas, Retirement, Christening etc. Your money goes straight to the bees, we do not waste money on printed items. You will receive a quarterly report from your hive, with photographs, sent via email.
Every year (usually in time for Christmas) we will send you 6lbs of the most beautiful, raw, unpasturised honey produced by your own bees. Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey (that’s over twice around the world) so we like to leave them enough to survive the winter and to maintain the health of the colony.
A hive decorated with a name or short message of your choice
- A framed professional photograph of your hive in situ to give as a gift or to display in your home
A written progress report at the end of each season including photographs of your bees
6lbs of your own honey in ‘Reiki Bee’ pottery jars – ideal for
Year 1: £25/month = £300 paid in advance
(This covers the cost of your dedicated hive, along with a personalised message or colour, a healthy colony of bees, a weekly hive check and your quarterly updates)
Subsequent Years: £10/month paid via PayPal Standing Order
(This covers a weekly hive check and your quarterly updates)
You may cancel your subscription, with a month’s notice, at any time after the first year
Bees for Business
Our ‘Bee-spoke’ Corporate Conservation Packages can help to improve your company’s ‘Green Profile’. They can be tailored to suit any budget, from single to multiple hives, starting from as little as £150/month. Your sponsored hives will be branded in your corporate colours and feature your logo.
You will receive a quarterly report, via email (we do not waste donations on printing!) with professional photographs for use in your printed or online marketing materials. We can also provide video for social media and when possible, web camera feed for your company website. You will also be welcome to quote from our reports and use our logo on your website.
Every year (usually in time for Christmas) we will send you around 6lbs per hive of the most beautiful, raw, unpasturised honey produced by your own bees In dual branded pottery jars (amount depending on the yield of the season). Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey (that’s over twice around the world) so we like to leave them enough to survive the winter and to maintain the health of the colony.
Please note that logo restrictions apply if you use it on items that are for sale.
Hives with Company Logo and/or Corporate Colours
Video for Social Media/Website
Web Camera stream (depending on hive location)
Professional Beekeepers for talks or discussions
Use of our logo and literature
Honey in ‘Reiki Bee’ pottery jars, made by Trout Stream Pottery – ideal for gifts for senior management/top clients or awards
Bespoke packages to suit your ideas and requirements
- From £150/month (minimum 1 year contract)