Liz began keeping bees in 2017 after moving to the Bumbalong Valley. Rising from the cleared valley with the Murrumbidgee, the Clear Range offers a vast expanse of native woodland extending into Namadgi National Park in the ACT. The woodlands are full of Yellow Box Eucalyptus, considered to be the best native tree for honey production, producing golden honey with an excellent taste that doesn’t crystallise. The perfect place for bees.
In 2018 she started with a couple of hives that thrived in the woodlands and the apiary slowly grew and she began making bee balms and wraps at local markets, shops and fairs in 2019.
“I want to keep things simple and try as much as possible to use natural and local ingredients and packaging”
On 1 February 2020, the Clear Range Fire devastated the Bumbalong Valley, destroying six homes, many outbuildings and fences. She lost the beehives in the fires and her workshop was destroyed in the subsequent flood.
Fortunately, in the evacuation for the fires, Liz removed many ingredients, including her precious beeswax and Bumbalong Bees will continue and grow. She is being supported by an amazing community and volunteers who are committed to rebuilding the Range and the valley. The workshop has been rebuilt, the beehives will return in Spring 2020 and Liz is determined to continue to produce high-quality, local and sustainable bee products.
Visit Bumbalong Bees at: https://bumbalongbees.com/