In 2016 an old fish processing factory was for sale in Goulds Country on the North East coast of Tasmania. The infrastructure was sound and in need of a refocus. Over the next four years Jennifer and Walter slowly breathed new life into the old factory that is now home for their company Forest & Fish.
With the knowledge that the bee population around the world was rapidly declining they felt that it was important to create a haven for the world’s most productive insect. They realised they were surrounded by rich natural honey-producing flora and plants that would provide pollen and nectar. With a natural curiosity and affection for the honey bee, their neighbours were more than happy to host their hives. The beehive network has connected their little community, and the spirit of generosity increases with the sharing of cuttings for bee forage, planning gardens for year-long flowering and regular honey tasting sessions.
They're proud of the healthy coexisting population of managed and native bees across the Blue Tier and have appropriately labelled their honey ‘Thankyou Bees’.
WHERE ARE WE?
Forest & Fish is located at the base of the Blur Tier which is temperate rain forest country. The upper reaches are partly covered in old growth myrtle, sassafras and celery-top. The lower slopes range from white- top stringy bark, white gum and even a few peppermints. This is complemented by a healthy population of Southern King ferns. It is flanked to the west by the Weldborough valley, to the south by the Pyengana valley and 30km to the Bay of Fires. Our wild forests of giant trees and hidden waterfalls are home to the Tasmanian devil, platypus, masked owl, spotted tailed quolls and the Tasmanian wedge tailed eagle.