Beekeeping Agreement

Beekeeping Agreement
Two of the Newton Abbot plots have their own beehives, Decoy Field and Coach Road Field.

As NADCAA have no knowledge of Beekeeping, the advice of a member of the Devon Beekeepers Association has been sought on the finer points of beekeeping, to ensure the safety of members.

The Beekeeper Agrees/Understands -

That bees may be kept on any of the allotment fields run by the Association after permission is obtained from the landlords, namely The Town Council and or Mr Rew, this permission may be withdrawn at any time.

To pay Annual Insurance against any liabilities arising from the presence of bees on any field. A photocopy to be sent to the Secretary. 

To maintain Membership of the Beekeepers Association and act in accordance with the advice of its inspectors. 

To keep all hives in a good state of repair, to take care of the bees and their welfare, to take the necessary precautions to prevent swarms, and to deal with them promptly if and when they occur. 

That, the location of hives must be discussed and agreed with the Association, the other members of the field and the Landlords before being introduced to the field. 

To provide all their own jars, smoke generators and other equipment required to care for the bees and their welfare. 

To remove angry Queens, which historically produce angry bees that sting at will, and replace them with placid Queens. 

To erect a flight-path net of a height that will ensure that the bees travel up and away from the hives and not straight out over the plots (usually 8 – 9 feet). 

To bear all costs of running, moving and maintaining the hives etc, and to erect warning notices where deemed necessary. 

To supply honey at a negotiated price to the Association in suitable jars or containers for re-sale at a mark up of between 15 and 20%, and to give the Association first option on any honey for sale. All profits will go back into the Association. 

To remove all my hives at my own expense if there are complaints from members about being stung or if they interfere with any member working their plot, (Recommended Time: March). 

This Agreement is renewable on the first day of March each year and will be updated should unforeseen problems arise.