Passionate about the environment and all things to do with Bees, Oakdale Bees make by hand, natural, eco hive products. British ingredients and eco packaging are sourced from ethical suppliers which are centric to their philosophy. They keep our hives in four acres of wild meadow fields bordering Royal Windsor forest.
Bees are one of the world’s most marvellous creatures; velvet beauties no larger than a marble, powdered with pollen. They hum and dip across your garden or chart a high meander through an orchard of apple trees, darting from flower to flower, poking their heads into petals to find nectar and pollen. In return, the bees help the flowers by spreading their pollen. This is called pollination. Many plants would not be able to fertilise without bees and other pollinators, so this relationship is symbiotic as both bee and flower help each other to reproduce and succeed. In fact, one-third of the food we eat depends on pollinators, so their work is incredibly important for humans too.
A little about the Oakdale bees, ‘our girls’. They are British Buckfast bees and they are very well behaved, polite and prolific. They forage on the abundant natural larder on their doorstep but can fly up to three miles for particularly tasty treats. Typically, the Oakdale's natural forest larder includes foxgloves, borage, knapweed, clover, cornflowers, poppy’s, honeysuckle, brambles, horse chestnut tree pollen and acres of buttercups. They particularly enjoy the recently planted fruit orchard.