About Llangattock honey
Llangattock Apiaries have 70 hives along the Usk Valley, on the Eastern Edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South East Wales.
Our bees gather pollen from wildflowers and heathers along the riverbanks and on the slopes of the Black Mountains.
Nothing is added or taken away from our honey; it’s made from wildflower nectar, fresh air, and natural countryside.
The hives are tended by Llangattock Apiaries’ owner, Anthony Smith, who is a member of the British Beekeepers’ Association, and Bee Farmers’ Association. His fascination with bees is long standing.
Anthony first learned about bees when he was living in South Africa, but the bees there are aggressive and difficult to keep. He started his first hive six years ago in the Middle East, before moving to Llangattock in 2018 and establishing Llangattock Apiaries near to the River Usk. All Anthony’s bees are of the Buckfast breed, which is renowned for its high honey yield and mild temperament.
Anthony says: “Beekeeping is completely natural; the bees are doing what they would in the wild. The only difference is that we are giving them a home, stopping them from swarming, and harvesting the goodness they produce.”
“The environment here is perfect. We would like to be able to say our honey is organic, but we can’t follow every bee. There are no commercial crops grown nearby, though, so there is less chance of harmful pesticides and herbicides, and we don’t add anything to our honey once it is harvested,” Anthony said.
Anthony has other hives in Monmouthshire and Herefordshire, taking the total to more than 300. He has to check them daily to ensure the conditions inside are right, and to see whether the wooden frames which bear the honeycomb are full. When they are, they are spun to extract the honey, which is then strained through a fine gauze into sterile containers ready for sale.
Eat local honey
Anthony said, “This year, we hope to produce 10 tonnes of honey, and we want to sell as much as possible locally. Selling close to home reduces our carbon footprint. It is better for our customers, who benefit from eating something which is produced using local, natural ingredients.”
Llangattock Honey; a local business.