The simple design of the log hive utilises timber from trees that have come to the end of their life because of wind fall or disease. To date we have placed a number of these hives in England and our valley in Portugal and surrounding areas. We are currently in the process of producing and instaling more log hives in England and Portugal. 



  • The shape of a hollowed-out log closely replicates a natural tree cavity. This means the bees make their comb to suit them.

  • The walls of a log hive are much thicker than is found in most commercial bee hives, providing greater insulation. The bees then expend much less energy cooling their home in summer and warming it winter and can focus on their health rather than survival. 

  • Log hives are elevated on long legs. By being higher up the bees are kept out of the cold damp air at ground level where conventional hives exist.

  • Bees are left to develop without continual human intervention and manipulation. These allows their own intelligence to lead them back to health. 

We are still able to check the hives to monitor disease and bee health. 

When Bees are provided with these regenerative habitats and hives treated as nature intended, colonies have shown dramatic improvement in health and a significant drop in disease. Our human involvement can then be focused on tree planting and species diversification for increased forage.


Our vision is to spread log hives and other bee-centred habitats one valley, one village, one town, one region at a time. Allowing bees to return to natural behaviour so once again they can thrive. 

The costs for a log hive is £450 for England and Euros 350 for Portugal. We charge petrol costs for delivery. 

If you are interested in having a log hive on your land, garden, allotment, or for a community group or rewilding project, contact Deborah on hello@deborahrichmond.co.uk or 00 44 7817 480915.