The Hives

'It is estimated that it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops manually if wild bees disappeared.' - The Soil Association

Log Beehive in Field
Rewilding Bees

Made from a hollowed out tree trunk raised above the ground, the log hive provides a home for wild honey bees. An alternative to where bees would naturally live in hollows and crevices in trees.

As with a tree, the log has thick walls providing good insulation keeping the hive warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A waterproof and insulated roof keeps the rain out.


'Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects that we rely on for our fruit and vegetable crops are declining in numbers due to climate change and habitat loss.' - Reading University Research

The log hive isn't intended as a way of harvesting honey but allows the bees to live in a natural way. Building strong healthy communities without human interference and helping reverse the decline in their population. Taking a bee centred approach.

Locally Made For Local Bees

The hives are constructed in my workshop in South Oxfordshire. Where possible I use locally sourced timber and materials.


Bee in it's hive

A complete hive consists of:

  • a hollowed out log
  • a lid
  • a removeable bottom
  • three legs
  • a roof

Hollowed log with legs, lid and bottom - £470

Conical cedar wooden roof - £90

OSB and felt roof - £60

Delivery and installation (within 30 miles of Reading) - from £110

Ideally the hive should be installed before summer ready for bees who are swarming and looking for a new home.

Currently 95% of the timber I use is from sustainably managed woods within 15 miles of my workshop.

A Small Price to Pay

About Me

I'm Steve Gibson and welcome to the latest addition to my woodland product business.

I love to make use of local timber in a sustainable way - making with, milling and coppicing local wood. Making log beehives in my workshop in South Oxfordshire makes use of all these skills and interests.

Making a Hive

The logs are from a durable species including sweet chestnut, larch and scots pine.

The hive is raised about 6ft above the ground on three legs made from sweet chestnut.

When the hive is installed a piece of comb from an existing or old hive is attached to the underside of the lid to make the hive more attractive to bees. Other incentives such as propolis are also spread round the entrance holes.

chainsaw in log

Starting to hollow the log with a chainsaw

gouging log

A gouge is used to finish the cavity to approximately 10 inches diameter

chiseling rebate for leg

Chiseling rebates for the legs

hollowed out logs

The log is approximately 32 inches tall and a minimum 18 inches diameter

entrances for bees

Three holes for bees to use as entrances


Hardwood removeable bottom


Hardwood lid

roof decoration

Turning a bit of decoration for the roof


Basic OSB, roof felt and insulation roof


Hive with conical cedar roof

log and legs

Ready for installation on site

attaching legs to the log

Attaching legs to the log hive

beehive ready to be raised

Ready for raising

finished and ready for roof

Up and in position. Ready for it's roof


Please contact me for any more infomation.


07905 062527