Beekeeping Rules


These rules have been drawn up following advice attained from the Devon Beekeepers Association. Its aim is to ensure the safety of members, the welfare of the bees and to ensure that the beekeeper/s understand their liabilities.

The Beekeeper Agrees/Understands That They –

  1. May keep bees on any of the allotment fields run by the Association after permission is obtained from the landlords, namely The Town Council and or Mr Rew, this permission may be withdrawn at any time.
  2. Must pay an Annual Insurance against any liabilities arising from the presence of bees on any field. A photocopy to be sent to the Secretary annually.
  3. Must maintain Membership of the Beekeepers Association and act in accordance with the advice of its inspectors.
  4. Keep all hives in a good state of repair, to take care of the bees and their welfare, to take the necessary precautions to prevent swarms, and to deal with them promptly if and when they occur.
  5. Discuss the location of hives with the Association, members on surrounding plots and the Landlords, before introduced them to the field.
  6. Will provide all their own jars, smoke generators and other equipment required to care for the bees and their welfare.
  7. Will remove angry Queens, which historically produce angry bees that sting at will, and replace them with placid Queens.
  8. Will erect a flight-path net of a height that will ensure that the bees travel up and away from the hives and not straight out over the plots (usually 8 – 9 feet).
  9. Will bear all costs of running, moving and maintaining the hives etc, and to erect warning notices where deemed necessary.
  10. Agrees to supply honey at a negotiated price to the Association in suitable jars or containers for re-sale at a mark up of between 15 and 20%, and to give the Association first option on any honey for sale. All profits will go back into the Association.
  11. Understands that this Agreement is renewable at the same time as the annual Tenancy Renewal each year, and will be updated should unforeseen problems arise.
  12. Must take every care to ensure the health of the bees and the hives.
  13. Will have on hand at all times a kit for treating members who may suffer from anaphylactic shock if stung. It would be wise to show several members how to use it and its location.
  14. Should they decide that they no longer want to keep bees on any of the fields they will remove and relocate them and return the part of the field where the hives were situated to a normal allotment plot, removing all structures etc. at the same time (a shed may be left in situ) and any rubbish that has accumulated must be removed by the beekeeper.
  15. Understands that the Management Committee reserves the right to ask the beekeeper to remove the bees, hives, any structures and any rubbish that may have accumulated at any time if they feel that this agreement is not being honoured.

A bee-keeping Agreement can be obtained from the Colony Administrator – email –

May 2018