The Bees

Honeybees and humans

Our relationship with bees goes back thousands of years – cave paintings show hunters collecting honey from wild nests, there are images of beekeeping on Egyptian temples and the Old Laws of Hywel Dda (12th century Welsh King) demand fines for honey theft and are evidence of the importance placed on this natural resource.

Honeybees have long been considered wise, clever, social and, above all, industrious – working so hard but benefiting little. Beehives in the past were carved with the Latin inscription ‘Non nobis’ – not for ourselves

We need bees! Honeybees are hugely valuable to the world’s economy, pollinating plants that provide a lot of the clothes we wear and food we eat – including peas, beans and apples. Bees carry pollen from flower to flower, starting the process of fruit and seed production. You can watch honeybees pollinating flowers in the garden of the Ugly House.

Bees are not just pollinators. From earliest times honeybees have provided us with luxuries and essentials: delicious golden honey, beeswax for candles and antiseptic for wounds.

Next time you see a bee on a flower or eat a tasty piece of fruit, think about how you can ensure this important relationship between bees and humans continues.

At Tŷ Hyll you can discover the world of the honeybees and the beekeepers who look after them.

Learn about what we’re doing at The Ugly House to breed and raise local bees for local beekeepers.

Find out about the plight of the honeybee: honeybees and other pollinators are under threat, which means that we are, too.

At Tŷ Hyll we’ll show you what you can do to make sure the bees keep buzzing in your garden.

Learn more about these fascinating creatures, part of our heritage and culture for thousands of years – and remember to look for more bee facts in our garden and woodland and in our two free leaflets: Creating a buzz in your garden and Feed the bees