Beekeepers Information

Orders  from EH Thorne (Beehives) Ltd.

Bernard Diaper has an arrangement with EH Thorne (Beehives) Limited, a supplier of bee equipment which are we all familiar with, to be able to purchase equipment for members at a discounted price.

Please check all your equipment and consider what you may require later on this year   as Bernard will be placing an order during the summer.   Please contact Bernard to confirm your requirements  as Bernard is now taking orders for any items in the Thorne’s catalogue.

Please contact him for more information 07711 456932 or email him at

We should all thank Bernard for the time and effort for organising  this for us.


As a general guide, bees love daisy and bell shaped flowers. Always choose single flower varieties as double flowers do not provide nectar for insects.   The flowers on may fruit and vegetable crops are firm favourites of bees – beans, peas and fragrant herbs are loved as are apples, currants and raspberries.   If you have space in or around your vegetable plot, try to include flowers from the list below.

Companion planting, a traditional method of growing different plants together for mutual benefits like extra nutrients, protection from harsh weather and pest control, can make your plot particularly good for bees. That in turn will benefit your produce.   For example, nasturtiums grown among your brassicas will protect them from caterpillars – caterpillars will choose to eat nasturtium leaves rather than your cabbages, while their flowers will attract the bees.   Chives or sage amongst your carrots will ward of aphids and root fly and again their flowers will be great for bees, which in turn are then on hand to pollinate your other crops.   Although there are lots more, here is a list of just some of the bee-friendly plants you could choose from

(*denotes British native plants)

  • Alyssum
  • Annual scabious
  • Azalea
  • Bluebell (English)*
  • Borage
  • Candytuft
  • Catmint
  • Chives
  • Clover
  • Comfrey*
  • Common poppy*
  • Corn chamomile*
  • Corn marigold
  • Cornflower*
  • Dahlias
  • Deadnettle*
  • Devil’s bit scabious*
  • Field woundwort*
  • Forget-me-not
  • Foxglove*
  • French marigold
  • Goldenrod*
  • Greater knapweed*
  • Larkspur
  • Lavender
  • Lesser snapdragon*
  • Lungwort
  • Lupin
  • Meadow clary*
  • Mexican hat
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Primrose*
  • Rosemary
  • Round-leave fluellen*
  • Sage
  • Sea holly
  • Sedum
  • Spiked speedwell*
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet William
  • Teasel*
  • Thistle*
  • Thyme
  • Tobacco plant
  • Viper’s bugloss*
  • Whorled clary*
  • Wild clary

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