Bees are important for their work in pollinating our crops and applications to keep bees are in principle supported by the Association.


Plot holders wishing to manage a colony of bees on site must make application to the HBAGA Committee. Approval will only be given if:

 1. There is an agreed site for an Apiary to be established.  This site needs to be located away from public roads and footpaths and as far as possible away from other plot-holders.  The area must

have a constant water supply and be completely surrounded by 2-metre-high bee-proof fencing.

 2. The arrangements are in accordance with the National Bee Association Guidelines and the applicant is registered with the National Bee Association. Also, that there is within the Premises a

notice giving emergency contact details and telephone numbers for the nominated bee-keeper and emergency services.

 3. The applicant has personal indemnity of £2M (Two Million Pounds sterling) public liability insurance.

 4. The applicant provides a proposed siting plan, showing the position of the hive(s) and will undertake the required work at his/her own expense unless, upon application to the Association, itis

agreed that some of the costs will be met by the Association.

 5. Permission to keep bees in the Apiary will be given for one year and renewed each year.  The Site Manager, on behalf of the Association, will review the Apiary and its operation at least


  Management & Handling of an Approved Colony

6. The colony must be registered with the regional Bee Inspector and be open to inspection as required. Evidence that registration has taken place must be provided to the Committee within a reasonable period.

 7. A record must be kept showing the history of the colony. A form such as “Hive Record 201” should be used for this purpose.

8. As far as possible the colony queen should be selected from a docile strain.

 9. No more than two hives are to be grouped together.

 10. Whilst the bee keeper is working the colony, a sign must be clearly visible showing the wording “Bee Keeper at Work”.  As far as possible, the bee keeper should only work with bees when the

allotment site is relatively empty (particularly nearby plots).

 11. It is the responsibility of the Site Manager to ensure that any new plot holder is made aware that a colony of bees is on the site.

 12. Before an Apiary is approved at a particular site, early notice will be given of this development to all plot-holders on that site.  

HBAGA 005 Bee Keeping Policy

Document Agreed:

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Document Agreed by Committee: 05/04/19.