A Lincolnshire business owner and ethical beekeeper has today launched a unique solution to help businesses offset their carbon emissions and boost the environment. Jez Rose of Bees for Business – recipients of the coveted Green Tourism gold award for their outstanding commitment to sustainability – today launched “Beehive Twinning”, offering the opportunity to twin work spaces with a working honeybee hive.
Commenting on the concept, broadcaster and honeybee farmer Jez Rose, who recently appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, said:
“Our goal is to become as sustainable as possible and to help other businesses achieve that, too, whilst raising awareness of the plight of the honeybee in Britain and British honey. With more businesses looking to offset carbon emissions, demonstrate environmentally friendly practice and engage with corporate social responsibility activities, Beehive Twinning offers three positive benefits: it helps install more beehives to reverse the decline of the honeybee population; for every hive twinned we sow organic, bee-friendly flower seed on bare patches of land and we donate 10% to Bees for Development; a charity that teaches beekeeping as a sustainable income in third world countries.”
Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the food we eat but the population has been declining for the past 10 years and over time they have been producing less honey, too. Research programs and scientists are trying to better understand why and what we can do about it.Inspired by WaterAid’s Toilet Twinning project, which Jez and the Bees for Business team loved so much they twinned their own toilets, they made the concept work for bees: “We’ve made available some of our working honeybee hives, at various locations across the country, to twin with receptions, meeting rooms and even classrooms, much like you’d twin a town – or even a toilet! Businesses can even twin their building or their entire brand with a beehive.”
The business has committed to installing 250 new hives across England over the next 5 years to help reverse the decline of the honeybee and earlier this year won a Great Taste award for their English Countryside raw honey sold under the brand name Bees & Co. currently available at Swine’s Meadow nursery in Market Deeping. Details on how to twin your own space with a working beehive can be found at www.BeehiveTwinning.co.uk .
Based near Market Deeping in Lincolnshire, Bees for Business provide honeybee hive adoption plans for some of Britain’s most iconic brands and celebrities, including the Burghley House Estate. Based on an award-winning, organic farm they are recipients of the Green Tourism gold award, Great Taste Award, Award for Excellence: Leading Corporate Social Responsibility Awareness Solutions 2018 and the Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Company Award. www.beesand.co