Welcome to the Porteath Bee Centre website. Porteath Bee Centre was formed by Heather Jago and Edward Old in 1989.
Porteath Bee Centre really started as a hobby. Heather started keeping bees in 1970 when a local beekeeper sadly passed away and his wife wanted the bees gone. Heather being an accommodating person took them in and a home for the three hives were found.
In 1979 the hives of bees were on Eddie’s land in Porteath. Eddie became fascinated during those warm summer afternoons watching the bees buzzing back and forth bringing in the different pollen. However, there were the odd occasions when Eddie would get a little too inquisitive which often resulted in a sting to the nose.
Not discouraged by any nasal discomfort Eddie decided he wanted his own hives and the following year both Heather and Eddie started to increase their hives making nuclei and selling honey at the door.
In 1987 they started a little shop underneath Porteath farmhouse calling themselves Porteath Bee Supplies, selling a range of bee supply equipment and making their own polishes and candles.
Two years later the Porteath Bee Centre was built and the following year opened the Living Honey Bee Exhibition.
In 1993 the shop was extended and in 1995 the Beehive Tearoom was opened where morning coffee, light lunches and cream teas are now served.
In 2000 a honey room was built at the side of the centre to facilitate the 200 hives they now look after stretching across the north of Cornwall from Port Isaac to St Agnes.
Most of the honey is sold in their shop and also a few other outlets including the Eden Project.
|Heather Jago and Eddie Old,
Porteath Bee Centre,
St. Minver, Wadebridge,
Cornwall, PL27 6RA