Fiona Shannon is Kensington Honey's chief beekeeper. She has help from her family during the honey harvest, but does most of the beekeeping herself. She's been keeping bees in Kensington for 3 years, a member of the London Beekeepers Association for 5 years, an LBKA committee member for 2 years, and produces the LBKA newsletter. She's gradually working her way through the BBKA exams…
Fiona trained as a graphic designer and fits beekeeping around her day job in packaging design. She loves caring for her bees, building their wooden hives and harvesting the honey. Absolutely everything's done by hand.
"When I was a child, our neighbour was a very successful beekeeper. I was fascinated seeing her with her beesuit and smoker tending to her bees. Beekeeping was quite an unusual hobby for a girl in those days! I love the country, though we live in the centre of London. (I guess I secretly always wanted to be a farmer). Kensington Honey started with one hive in our back garden - keeping bees as a relaxing antidote to the busy-ness of life in central London.
Like all good hobbies, it's expanded. Now I have a selection of hives across Kensington and Chelsea and spend most weekends through the spring and summer looking after the bees and in autumn extracting the honey. It's totally absorbing watching the bees go about their business in the hive or happily collecting nectar in our garden."
BBKA Basic Assessment in Beekeeping
BBKA Module 1 Honeybee management
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