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Mac and Tim, James, Helen and Heather, Sam and the Bees.

    Mac and Tim      James   Helen & Heather   Sam  The BeesThe Bees
Family Tradition
Beekeeping has been a family tradition since 1957, starting as Mac's hobby. Helen & Tim registered Castle View Apiaries as a business in 1997.  We are now known as Roper's Honey. 

We currently have just over 100 colonies of bees, spread across mainly Derbyshire, and are classed as Bee Farmers.

We have Apiaries at:

Bothamsall, Staveley, Inkersall, Norbriggs, Stainsby Mill, Sutton Scarsdale, Duckmanton, Whaley and Derbyshire Moors.

Working Bee Farm Open to the Public
In 2013, we were able to expand our business with a move to Unit 3 Hall Farm, Sutton Scarsdale.  Over the winter of 2014/2015, we completed our move as we brought our Honey Extraction plant from Glapwell to the Bee Farm.  This is now on view to the public through a viewing window.

Winter 2019/2020 our Honey & Hive shop will be relocating to downstairs.

We open to the public on:
Mondays / Tuesdays / Wednesday and Fridays 10am - 4.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 12noon
(closed Thursdays and Saturdays due to Market commitments)

Honey Extraction Room    Image result for ropershoney
We originally produced honey to sell in bulk (big barrels). In 2002, we cut out the middle man and started to pack and market our range of products direct to the public. 

One of our Sutton Scarsdale Apiaries was set up by Mac Roper in 1964 and is still very much in use today, it is occupied by more than 20 colonies of bees.
First apiary

As the season progresses, we add Supers (boxes filled with frames) to the hives for the bees to fill with honey, some of the hives become taller than Tim (nearly 6ft).  The box at the bottom of the hive is called a Brood Box, this is where the queen lays her eggs.