Hello, my name is Lucy Shier, I am the founder of Bee Biotic my small Shropshire based business which I run from my garden workshop fondly known as the “Bee Lab” near Cleobury Mortimer.

My passion for bees and the environment led me to fulfil a long held dream by taking up beekeeping 5 years ago, as I hoped that I could make a difference and help both our little “Buzzy” friends and our beautiful planet. Bees and other pollinating insects are vital to the planet’s eco-system and in turn our very existence but, they are under pressure. Global warming, pollution, loss of habitat impacts on bees and their vital pollinating buddies ability to survive, leaving them with less forage & more vulnerable to disease.

Luckily many people are becoming more “Eco Conscious” and are keen to live more sustainable, healthy lifestyles, so I wondered if there were ways my bees could help. I started by selling natural wild flower pasture honey “Shropshire Hills Honey” made by my own busy bees. However, bees not only make honey, they also produce beeswax and propolis, all of which are sustainable products which have naturally antimicrobial & health giving properties.

Lucy encourages all the family to get involved in looking after the bees (Image: Bee Biotic)

After a period of experimentation and further study, Bee Biotic was born in late 2018 when I turned my beekeeping hobby into a little business with the mission to “Bring Heath From The Hive & Say Buzz Off To Plastic”. I began handcrafting, natural, healthy and eco-friendly products using the wax and honey from my own beehives. I started with making my “Bee-Fresh” Beeswax Food Wraps the eco-friendly alternative to plastic cling wrap and aluminium foil. Beeswax food wraps are naturally antibacterial so keep foods fresh for longer, they are sustainable, reusable for at least a year and compostable. Initially I trialled these with friends and relatives which proved so popular that I started selling them at markets and events around Shropshire. I then launched my naturally healing, chemical free, skincare range also created using the beeswax and honey from my own bees and carefully sourced organic plant oils, butters and pure essential oils. I also hand make a variety of unique beeswax gift & novelties including my “Beespoke” skincare gift boxes, beeswax candle making kits as well as beeswax wood polish and firelighters.

Wide range of products all made by Lucy (Image: Bee Biotic)

I take pride in Bee Biotic being a sustainable and eco-friendly business, kind to the planet, people and animals. I use only natural, sustainably ethically sourced, safe ingredients to create natural, handcrafted products that people can trust. All my packaging is reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable; helping to protect our precious environment by reducing use of plastics and chemicals. All my products are fully safety tested and are carefully handmade in hygienic conditions in my dedicated “Beelab”, none of my products or ingredients are tested on animals. I also offer honeybee swarm collection and advice services, educational talks for adults & children promoting awareness about the importance of bees and beekeeping and coming soon I hope to offer “Bee Experience” days to adults & children interested in finding out more about the fascinating craft of beekeeping.

I have had to adapt to meet the challenges of COVID as restrictions have prevented me from trading at my regular Ludlow & Cleobury Mortimer Farmers Markets & many events across Shropshire which have been cancelled. Bee Biotic’s products are now available from my Bee Biotic Website with free local delivery or collection service and also from The Deepwood Gallery Ludlow, Tracey’s Kreations Cleobury and Toadstools Gallery Bridgnorth.

But at last Spring is in the air, shops are re-opening and I will be returning to my regular Thursday markets from the 15th April onwards. People can also keep up to date with Bee Biotic’s latest news, offers via the website or on Facebook & Instagram.

For full contact details check out Bee Biotic in the green directory.

Missing fairs and markets, Lucy is looking to returning to them soon (Image: Bee Biotic)
Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot