Dug a small, but stubborn tree out, including roots, with a spade and a mattock, ten feet away from hive 3 with bees coming and going. I was completely ignored.
So pleased as a new queen was raised in August and I am unsure of the colony’s temperament.
Where in Dorset are you? Have you made contact with your local association- I’m sure they could put you in touch with someone with vaping gear. I’m in Dorset, but not West and would be happy to help if lockdown rules allowed.
Having gone the brood and a half route with a couple of mine, I have experienced the constraints it brings with two sizes of frames in the brood area. I would suggest double brood as a better way forward if your bees are prolific.
Certainly sounds a promising position to be in.