Sarah Wyndham Lewis

Sarah Wyndham Lewis is the co-founder of Bermondsey Street Bees, a multi-award winning sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business, founded in 2007. It has over 100 hives in Central and East London as well as country hives in Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. To this day however, Bermondsey Street Bees’  base remains in Bermondsey Street itself…with the original eight hives still on the rooftop of their scenic Victorian warehouse, overlooking The Shard. Every honey produced by Bermondsey Street Bees is single-source and raw, preserving all of the nutritional benefits and rich complex flavours. Bermondsey Street Bees also pioneers sustainable urban beekeeping strategies through its forage planting initiatives, collaborations with local gardening charities and other projects including a best-selling book ‘Planting for Honeybees’.   Voted Britain’s ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ in 2016, Bermondsey Street Bees has also twice been awarded ‘Best Honey in London’ (200 & 2017) as well as being named as one of London’s  ‘Top 20 Food Producers’ and ‘Top 50 Food Heroes.’

www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk/

Sarah Wyndham Lewis's Project

Meet Bermondsey Street Bees! They’re championing artisan honey, beekeeping and sustainable food in the heart of London. Chatting with Sarah Wyndham Lewis about Bermondsey Street Bees was a joy; her commitment to creating a truly artisan product stands out and passion for bees is infectious. This is genuine, authentic food production […]

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Until last September, these were our Honey HQ rooftop hives, making the iconic Bermondsey Street Honey (“Best London Honey” National Honey Show 2019; “Best Honey” Great British Food Awards 2020). We prioritise the welfare of our bees above acclaim, convenience and profit motive.

Can’t complain - despite the rain. Today we marked our first white (2021-born) queen bee, after she laid a great pattern of worker brood. What’s more, we’re clearing two supers at the same apiary for our first honey crop of the year, despite the chilly & (up to now) arid weather.

The honeybee’s the poster-child for human connection with the insect world. The simple reason is that only these bees produce honey for our consumption, forging a delicious link with the natural world. Yet there are ~270 other species of bee in the U.K. & many other pollinators !

At this time of year, the bees are busy making more bees. Here’s a brood frame, brimming with hatching bees under the brown, biscuity hexagons. This emerging generation will first toil industriously in the hive, then fly out to gather nectar and build a summer stockpile of honey.

Our longer Saturday read: Sarah Wyndham Lewis of @BermondseyBees writes about blended "Funny Honey" and why we should all be looking for the real deal. #slowfood #honey 🐌🐝🍯 https://www.slowfood.org.uk/why-funny-honey-is-no-joke-for-the-future-of-food-and-farming/

Shook swarms building comb with alacrity, despite the sub-optimal temperatures of the last 10 days. Seeing modest varroa drop on all shook swarm hives, as phoretic mites detach from the bees, without sealed brood to procreate in. And varroa is a “notifiable” pest from 21st April!

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