Bee Keeping

Apiculture is buzzing at Tregothnan

Tregothnan is making a considerable investment into bees. There is significant pressure on bee populations worldwide which has a knock on impact on honey production, pollination and subsequently food production.

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In line with Tregothnan’s pioneering approach we have decided to meet this challenge. Our dual approach involves:

  • Large investment in bee infrastructure
  • Expert knowledge to drive the bee business forward

Unparalleled investment in bees

Within five years Tregothnan aims to be a leading force in apiculture in the United Kingdom.

World authorities on bees recruited by Tregothnan

Tregothnan and the Coleman family (who have built very successful bee businesses within both Africa and Australia) are cooperating to ensure success.

CJ Coleman, who started the family bee businesses in Africa and subsequently Australia, is now living in Cornwall. He bred a successful quiet domestic strain of the African “Killer Bee” (Apis Mellifera Scutellata). CJ’s background in agriculture is a fundamental foundation in his scientific approach to pollination in commercial farming. It is more likely than not that you have eaten something pollinated in Africa by his bees. Whilst in Australia he developed a bee industry on Kangaroo Island, a protected environment – and developed strains of queen from the purest remaining Ligurian Bees which were regularly delivering 120kgs of honey per hive.

CJ’s daughter – Alice Margetts – is Tregothnan’s beekeeper. She grew up talking “bee business” at the breakfast table. Whilst in Africa, she worked in the family “firm”, with a handle in most of the honey pots.

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The bee business

Our commercial bee business will generate income for Tregothnan through the sale of:

  • Honey
  • Pollination services
  • Removal in collaboration with pest companies of feral (nuisance) swarms from property.

Please feel free to contact Alice at beekeeper@tregothnan.co.uk

CJ’s daughter – Alice Margetts – is Tregothnan’s beekeeper. She grew up talking “bee business” at the breakfast table. Whilst in Africa, she worked in the family “firm”, with a handle in most of the honey pots.

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