James is a full time professional beekeeper. He comes from three generations of beekeepers and was taught the craft from the age of 5 by his grandfather and father. His grandmother showed him ways to use the beeswax and honey to make ointments, lip balms and candles. In 1992 he developed the UK’s first high street honey shop, ‘The Hive Honey Shop’, as well as running a successful online honey retail business. He now supplies many trade clients, hotels, spas, restaurants, pubs and health food shops with his array of hand made honey goods.
Images by Asia Werbel for the John Smedley 235 campaign.