CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

Filberts Bees

PUBLISHED: 12:38 06 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:30 20 February 2013

Photo by Freya Baxter

Photo by Freya Baxter

Mark started keeping bees about 5 years ago and was lucky enough to be offered part of the farm to experiment with different bee husbandry techniques and organic rotations.

Filberts Bees Ltd produce honey, balms, salves and candle waxes from their Bee Farm in Dorchester in Dorset. Dorset magazine finds out more about this specialised business.

Why did you go into bees, honey, balms and salves? There is not one simple reason, it was more a combination of factors not being sure about the future in farming, wanting to start a business that would not require high levels of capital investment, an interest in the environment, looking for a farming-related activity that had not already been exploited by lots of other people...

Mark started keeping bees about 5 years ago and was lucky enough to be offered part of the farm to experiment with different bee husbandry techniques and organic rotations. To improve the habitat for bee keeping, part of the farm is now managed organically. Avoiding pesticides completely makes looking after bees much simpler. 14 acres of traditional and contemporary apple varieties, damsons and cherries have been planted across three orchards. The interest in apples has led Mark to apple juice and cider production with a cousin.

Despite a particularly long harsh winter the bees are now flourishing and production from our bespoke nectar mixes has been healthy. Despite very erratic flowering times the sainfoin, alsike clover and phacelia have all been in flower now and although we have not been able to keep the nectar separate to make our specialist mono-floral honeys the resultant blend is very flavoursome and represents the flowers well. Alongside Mark, Philada (Marks mum) has started up Filberts Bees to exploit the products of the hive honey, beeswax and propolis as they are called.

What are your values? Lots of people are already selling lip balm, hand salve and the like but at Filberts we make everything ourselves on site, using our own recipes. We avoid petro-chemicals, synthetic preservatives and over processed components and use good quality well sourced oils in addition to our own and local ingredients.

We think of our products as the wholefood of the cosmetics market if you ever wondered why so many skin care products are insipidly coloured and lacking in individual character, it may be that they are the white sliced bread of skin care. They are made from base mixes bought in from a wholesale supplier add a few drops of essential oils or colourants and there is the finished product.

Weve learnt a lot in the last couple of years since starting up Filberts Bees a painful learning curve at times. The feedback were getting now from customers is really encouraging and sales are growing steadily.

Are your products normally cheaper than the supermarket?

Like for like our products are around the same price range as US imports such as Burts Bees and Badger Balms.

Do you encourage local people to supply you?

We seek out wax from other beekeepers locally and buy farm-pressed sunflower and oilseed rape from Fussels Fine Foods in Somerset. Our West Country lip balm is 88% from Dorset and Somerset something that is rare in skin care products.

Where are you located?

37 Icen Way,


Dorset, DT1 1ET

To buy products from Filberts Bees please visit


More from Food & Drink

Step back into the kitchen between Christmas and New Year and cook for pleasure with these warming winter recipes from Gill Meller’s latest book Time

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

Roaring open fires, hidden nooks and crannies and huge comfy armchairs are all signature traits of a cosy pub – and Dorset has cosy pubs aplenty. Here are just some of the best inns to snuggle up in this winter

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

The Crown Hotel at Blandford Forum offers wonderful riverside walks, stylish bedrooms, deeply satisfying suppers and even a dandy highwayman

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When Friday night arrives you can’t beat a traditional fish supper from the local chippy. With some help from our readers and in no particular order, we pick eight great ‘plaices’ for fish and chips in Dorset

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

From farmhouse to country house, tea room to hotel Sue Quinn leaves no crumb untested as she seeks out some of the finest cream teas in the county

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday afternoons are made for lazing in a cosy pub, beer in hand and an overflowing plate of delicious roast dinner on the table. We pick 10 great places for Sunday lunch in Dorset

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Fanny Charles is impressed by her lunch at Seasons at The Eastbury

Read more
Friday, September 28, 2018

Here are our Dorset Food, Drink and Farming winners for 2018; nominated and voted for by you

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

You can’t beat a pub lunch after a scenic country walk with your four-legged friend. In no particular order, we pick some of the best dog friendly pubs in Dorset

Read more
Monday, September 3, 2018

Robert Ndungu, Head Chef of the award-winning pub The Acorn in Evershot, reveals what is making his tastebuds tingle as summer gives way to autumn

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

We are delighted to announce our 2018 finalists

Read more
Monday, July 23, 2018

Asian flavours combine with seasonal Dorset ingredients at The Ollerod - an exciting new relaxed dining venture in the heart of Beaminster

Read more
Friday, July 20, 2018

From creamy classics to inspiring new flavours of gelato, Dorset is home to some of the best ice cream parlours in the south west. With some help from our readers, we pick eight great places to indulge in a scoop this summer

Read more
Monday, July 16, 2018

Kieran Perree, scallop diver and Golden Scallop founder shares his recipe for pan fried Lyme Bay scallops

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search