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Our Honeys & Jams

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Heather Hills Farm

Established in 1945, Heather Hills Farm is a traditional family-run honey farm based in the Highlands of Perthshire, the heartland of Scotland. We specialise in a selection of 100% pure, raw, monofloral and polyfloral honeys and handmade preserves.

Starting off with just one hive in 1945, we now have 1300 hives across Perthshire and Deeside, the most beautiful and unpolluted parts of the UK. This relatively small-scale ensures our hives are regularly and well spaced out in small batches by zones. This means that the bees have plenty of opportunity to roam for up to a 5 mile radius of each hive, giving a superior quality product. A bigger producer would normally cram around 100 hives into the same space, reducing the quality of the product.

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In an age of mass production and bulk processing, our honey is collected and extracted using traditional methods to ensure that the enzymes, protein and natural goodness of our honey stays within it and are not destroyed during the harvesting, separating or bottling processes.This produces artisan, raw honeys of a far superior quality and distinctive flavour which retain their natural  benefits.

To complement our Scottish Honey Range, we also have a selection of 100% pure, raw, monofloral honeys specifically selected from around the world by our Honey Sommelier for their own unique flavour and texture.

Our award-winning Scottish preserves are extra fruit jams made with local Perthshire fruit and cane sugar. Produced in small batches by hand, they contain no artificial flavours or preservatives.

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We believe strongly in supporting the survival of our natural and cultural heritage, the honey bee and the conservation of its natural environment both in Scotland and abroad is something of great importance to us. Involved in the Scottish Government’s Pollination and Honey Bee Strategies, we encourage awareness of bee-friendly behaviour through education and partnerships that support achieving a sustainable and healthy Scottish honey bee population. We work with and are committed to nature. Aiming for quality, excellence and sustainability. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact, by regularly reviewing our activities, improving resource efficiency and increasing sustainability in production, whilst not compromising on the traditional methods that are significant to our local culture and heritage, and set our honey apart from competitors. 

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Bees pollinate about one-sixth of the world's flowering plant species and some 400 of its agricultural plants. Poorly pollinated plants produce fewer, often misshapen, fruits and lower yields of seed with inevitable consequences upon quality, availability and price of food. No human activity or ingenuity could ever replace the work of bees and yet it is largely taken for granted.

One of the few farm activities that can actually increase yields, rather than simply protect existing yields from losses, is to manage bees to encourage good pollination and that is exactly what we do at Heather Hills Farm by moving our bees to different crops to coincide with flowering times.

Once the bees have returned to the hive for the night, we block up their doorway with a piece of porous foam and secure their hive with ropes before picking up the whole hive and transporting it via land rover over the fields to another crop. Once at their new location the foam is removed and the worker bees begin foraging in their new surroundings for sources of nectar.

As beekeepers, the welfare of the honey bee and its natural environment is imperative to us. We continually strive to ensure there are enough resources for foraging and nesting. Our small-scale production ensures our  hives and apiaries are well-spaced out in large areas, such that our bees have plenty of opportunities to roam. A bigger producer would normally cram around 100 hives into the same area causing apiaries to become claustrophobic; bee health suffers, and the competition for food source and risk of disease intensifies. We ensure supplementary feeding is only done when necessary and leave our bees with some honey after our harvest to ensure they have an optimum supply of their natural food source with the nutrients they require to see them fit through each winter. It is important to recognise that a colony of bees may not be able to collect sufficient food for the winter in years where the climate has been poor, and may need additional feeding.

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