About Us

Who we are:
We started off as a father (Bill) and son (Peter) team selling WBC and National hives, from our home in the Scottish borders in 2005. Over the years we have gradually expanded our product range, but always remaining focused on quality hives.

I (Peter) started bee keeping at the age of 17, having inherited three WBC hives from my uncle. These days, work keeps me hopping between Asia and home. But fortunately I have an understanding father to help when I am out station, and a great team Ian, Bruce and Kyoko.

The wood:
Our beehives are made of Canadian Western Red Cedar wood, from selected Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) sources. All our wood is certified, usually by PEFC, the world's largest forest certification system. Cedar wood is traditionally used for beehives because it needs very little maintenance, and can be left unpainted for a more ‘natural’ look if desired. Many bee keepers like to use clear Cuprinol, the only insecticide free product in their range. It gives protection to wood against all types of rot, decay and woodworm. Alternatively, of course, beehives can be painted any colour under the sun, though we would recommend using an eco-friendly paint.

All our beehives are made to BBKA standard specifications. They are sold unassembled, (flat) with very clear and detailed assembly instructions and the necessary screws etc being provided. We anticipate that it will take a reasonably competent person about 4 to 6 to hours to assemble a WBC hive, and 1 to 2 hours to assemble a National hive.

Quality:
We pride ourselves on both the quality of our products and the quality of our service. We will replace any part that you are unhappy with free-of-charge. We do our best to ensure that you are a satisfied customer.

This website is up-dated regularly in order to provide up-to-the-minute information on our products and activities. Please feel free to email ( Caddon_hives@yahoo.co.uk ) or phone us (01896 850 249/755) if you have any questions, or continue browsing through our website for online shopping.