A Surbiton beekeeper has asked his neighbours to house beehives due to the increasing popularity of Surbiton honey.
Sameer Ghai, 33, wants to build extra hives in Surbiton so he can produce more wax and honey and has offered 20 per cent of a hive’s honey yield to anyone who is happy to house one. Ghai, who founded The London Bee Company which is based in Surbiton, said local honey has become more popular because every jar can be unique. He said that some locals have also started buying it because they believe it can help with their hayfever.
Bees need a water source close by, as well as flowers to forage, but Ghai said even gardens that have neither could house a hive. Ghai has 30 hives across south and south-west London, including Croydon, Twickenham and Vauxhall, and said surprisingly urban areas are good for bees.