Hi, my name is Claire and I’m the founder of Hive Originals.
Back in 2011 I dragged my partner Colin, to do a beekeeping course at our local garden centre – initially just as a “nice thing to do”. However it wasn’t long before both of us became absolutely fascinated with the wonder of honey bees and very soon we bought our first couple of beehives with resident colonies. Despite a very steep learning curve where we made more than our fair share of beekeeping mistakes, that summer we actually enjoyed our very first few jars of honey. We were hooked!
Over the last couple of years we’ve grown our number of hives and although we still have a few in our garden, we also have some other apiaries around Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham and Southwick in North Wiltshire. We are also very active members of our local beekeeping group, the Melksham Beekeeping Association.