About Us

oldforgehoney.co.uk is the website of Old Forge Apiaries Ltd, a family-run beekeeping business based in South Cambridgeshire operated by beekeeper Ross and partner Sarah. Ross has been keeping bees for several years, a hobby patiently tolerated by Sarah as it quickly outgrew their allotment and expanded to a new apiary nearby. Combining this experience in beekeeping with Sarah’s background in catering management, we set up our honey business with the aim of supplying the best quality local English honey available, both direct to customers and wholesale to local outlets.

We supply honey, beeswax and other hive products, both from our own beehives and other local beekeepers. Our approach to beekeeping is to manage our hives as sustainably as possible, following the approach of ‘balanced beekeeping’. For us, this means that while we manage our bees for honey production and ensure our bees are happy and healthy by carrying out regular inspections and feeding and treating them as necessary, we also allow our bees to live as naturally as possible by using no synthetic chemical treatments and using management techniques which mimic the bees natural cycle as closely as possible, including allowing them to build their own natural honeycomb instead of using wax foundation. We use a range of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep our bees healthy and are pleased to now be able to offer these to other beekeepers in our shop.

All of our honey is packed in our 5* hygiene rated premises in Sawston, Cambridgeshire and we sell direct to customers locally and can post our products nationally, as well as selling wholesale to retailers in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area. We also offer a honey packing service for other beekeepers and buy honey and hive products in bulk.

Please explore our website to find out more about us and get in touch with any enquiries by emailing info@oldforgehoney.co.uk, filling in the form on our Contact page or contacting us through our Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting Old Forge Honey.

Our Ethos

Quality Honey
We work hard to bring you the very best English honey and take great pride in our produce. All of our honey comes from our own hives or from other independent beekeepers like ourselves and we pack this in our 5* hygiene rated honey house, where all of our honey is simply coarse filtered and never pasteurised to ensure it retains all of the flavour, aroma and natural goodness that honey is meant to
Wildlife Friendly
Insect and pollinator populations are under pressure at the moment so we take care of our local wildlife as well as our own bees by growing wildflower areas and managing our plantings to provide much needed habitat
Environment
We are committed to ensuring that our work has a positive impact on the environment. We use plant based PLA tubs or recyclable glass jars to package our honey and other products and use no plastic packaging in order to reduce waste. All of the energy we use in producing our products comes from renewable resources
Balanced Beekeeping
We keep our bees as naturally as possible, using no chemicals and minimising interference in the hives. This less intensive approach to managing bees is known as balanced beekeeping, where our bees are allowed to live as naturally as possible while we still look after them carefully to ensure they stay happy and healthy