Owner, The Urban Beehive
Doug became a beekeeper after selling a neighbour’s honey at his local farmers’ market as a community fundraiser. Realising all he knew about bees was that honey was great on crumpets, he was horrified to learn about the issues bees face worldwide. It inspired him to do more research, and then to do his bit to educate people about the importance of pollinators – and to spread the word about what a pickle we’d be in without them.
He started The Urban Beehive with business partner Vicky Brown in 2010 and their first hive was installed later that year at a hotel in Sydney’s CBD. The business now has 100 hives across Sydney from the Royal Botanic Gardens to the airport, producing bespoke honey for all sorts of clients, from corner cafes and five-star restaurants to airlines.
Doug is the author of two books: Backyard Bees, a best-selling beginner’s guide to beekeeping published in 2014; and his most recent book, The Bee Friendly Garden, which aims to encourage all Australians to provide for our beneficial insects by planting flowering plants and using less insecticides in their garden.