Beekeeping in Hull City Centre

As an established urban farm at the heart of Hull city, and in alignment with our message promoting environmental sustainability for our community, we took the decision to start keeping bees with the view to producing our very own honey.

Beekeeping in Hull

We are well supported by Yorkshire’s bee keeping community and have built relationships across the region.  We regularly help others in the community with their bees, in particular Frith Farm at Beverly who return the favour by helping us with our planting plans for the year ahead. There are a number of benefits to bee keeping, getting close to them and learning about their complex ecosystem and its direct effect on our own,  has been an ongoing process involving a very steep learning curve.

A number of our volunteers have donned the bee suit and got their hands in with the bees, something not very many people ordinarily get the opportunity to do, especially in an urban environment, and the resulting boost to self confidence, stemming from trying something new and beyond the comfort zone, is worth the beehive installation alone.

Our beehives provide a rare opportunity for our community to come in and see them up close, to learn from the ways in which the bees interact with each other, share information with each other, working together through whatever struggles might come their way. A life lesson for us all to treasure.

The arrival of our bees last year provided our community with several positive opportunities.  We built the hives ourselves along with a group of young people who are on the autistic spectrum, and the honey jar labels were designed by some of the people doing graphic design at Hull prison, utilising our ties with the local probation service and ensuring the whole community’s inclusion in our work at Rooted in Hull.

What people think about Rooted in Hull

“Looking around the apiary at the Rooted in Hull site is fascinating. For such an urban setting it’s encouraging to see so many bees. The honey is delicious”.

Sara Turner

“I really enjoy the events that are held at Rooted, I’ve seen some great bands and entertainers over the years and the food is great “.

Tim Smith

“What I love about Rooted in Hull is that there is so much going on, everywhere you look there’s a different project going on, it’s so diverse”.

Tina Simpkins

Rooted in Hull is a social enterprise based in Hull city centre that promotes wellbeing and sustainability through grow your own food projects, creative workshops and events. ‘We grow people and food’ is what we do, and we have lots of activities on what is essentially an urban farm.

From beekeeping and creative events through to sustainability projects including growing food, solar panels, water collecting and our compost toilet Rooted in Hull has wellbeing at the very forefront of their thinking. Come and pay us a visit.



There is always plenty going off at Rooted in Hull and we always have something to talk about and lots to update you with our many projects and activities that we run on and off the site