If lockdown taught us anything it was the importance of keeping it small, sustainable and local and it seems that so many of us are keeping that mentality and looking for sustainable, ethical ways to eat, grow and use products.

We’ve recently had several enquiries about bees, bee farms and local honey and so we’ve put together the best places to access locally sourced honey, produced with the utmost care and concern for the bees involved as well as providing a wealth of learning and information for children too.

 Paynes Bee Farm LTD is one of Sussex’s most popular bee farms and has over 1500 colonies of bees and offer a range of equipment, information and their famous honey produced on the farm.

Paynes have had bee farming in their family since 1922 which has placed them in the best position to offer advice, information and sell the best beekeeping equipment to get you started on your beekeeping journey as well as having their own colonies and queen bees available to buy.

If bees aren’t your thing and you’re more interested in the sweeter things in life then Paynes also has a range of honey and beeswax products on offer as well as some fantastic interactive information displays all about their colonies and how the honey is produced which are bound to fascinate the children.

Even closer to home are The Sussex Bee Farm who not only sell the best honey and beeswax produce and can often be found at local markets and fairs discussing all things bees, honey and selling their wonderful products, but they also specialise in clearing and supporting in the management of bee swarms.

South Downs Honey also provide a vast array of specialised honey and beeswax inspired gifts and treats and is run by experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers operating in and around the South Downs area.

Whether it’s honey or bees you’re after, we are very lucky within our locality to have such an extensive range of bees, honey and beekeeping information which goes a long way to helping us all become that bit more sustainable.