The producers

The egocentric bit

To be blunt, we don’t like talking about ourselves. Why? Because we don’t find ourselves that interesting. But we love bees, we find them very interesting, we love pure honey and we care for the environment. We hope you do too. The bees are the very hard workers in our business, they are the stars of the show with a supporting cast of millions and millions of wildflowers that others have overseen, we just work long hours tending to the bees needs throughout the year. We are quite happy being the backstage crew.

We love the raw Welsh Honey that the bees produce, only a small excess each year so we want to share the best with you with raw Welsh Honey from all parts of Wales at absolutely no cost to the environment. That’s it. Boring really. But if you want to know more about us, some more bits below, or if you’d like to see what makes us tick, look at this.

Meet Rhodri the head beekeeper
Meet Rhodri

Rhodri is our head beekeeper and knows a lot about bees and pure authentic honey. Probably too much to call it a healthy obsession. But a fascination which turned into beekeeping in 2008 then became the typical beekeeper’s dilemma. What to do with increasing stock, and with Richard’s help Fferm Cilgwenyn Bee Farm was born. It was never and still is not about money, but a steadfast belief in helping the environment and providing the public with honest and unadulterated high quality raw Welsh Honey. A proper tasty honey that has not travelled thousands of miles, something difficult to find on a supermarket shelf. Something he quietly agrees is a little proud of.

Rhodri is a self-confessed introvert. A typical scientist. Which is fortunate as he is a scientist where he also designs and builds very complex machinery at a nearby University Medical School, machinery for laboratories that measures the mass of stuff like single atoms (yes, a single atom!) If there is something absolutely tiny to measure in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, he is the man to ask. Some of his machines can detect a single molecule within 1,000,000,000 (trillion) other molecules. That’s the same as detecting a single pint that’s been poured into the North Sea. He just loves a complex challenge to do with small little things (bees included). But not the sort of man to know a lot about fashion and clashing colours sadly. Well, not everyone knows about everything.

Meet Richard

Richard is also an introvert. But you wouldn’t think it the way he just talks…and talks…and talks. Thankfully one of the few professions that can put up with that is beekeeping as the bees don’t care. He was first fascinated by bees at the age of eight having tasted real honey for the first time at a local show and seeing the little creatures that produced it, so after uni and working abroad he came back home where for the first time decided to stay for a bit and purchased 4 beehives. Of course, this did not make everyone happy, let alone the funder - his mother. A large Christmas gift of a couple of hundred pounds did not go down well when Richard said he would buy some beehives. Well, the exact phrase was ‘no your bloody not…’ and an inevitable argument ensued. He quickly summed up his mother was not holding an AK47 at his face so would take the risk. His motivation was not to annoy his mother, but there was that little joy in it.

Having worked away and seen how desperate the world was heading environmentally and that self sustainability was a key solution as long as it doesn’t cost the earth, he thought beekeeping was one ethical way to reverse an ecological decline and an impending climate emergency. It was his way to help, in tiny little bits. So after 2004 the colonies grew, and grew until space became an issue.

A lover of honey, and a lover of bees (as nobody else would put up with the incessant verbal diarrhoea) Richard hopes to help Rhodri grow the business in time so that more consumers can taste proper raw Welsh Honey that they can trust.

Meet Richard a beekeeper

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