Last Monday I was a Beekeeper for a Day! I attended the experience day by Bees for Business at their farm in Lincolnshire so I thought it would be interesting to write a blog post sharing all of the things we did and saw during the experience – along with some photos of course!
I arrived at 9:30am ready to start the experience day, where I met Jez & Caroline, the lovely husband & wife team who run the farm, apiaries and workshops. Their farm is actually the world’s first CarbonNeutral honey farm - by switching to a 100% renewable energy supplier, moving to 100% recyclable packaging for their award-winning honey, reducing identified carbon emissions created as a result of transport or deliveries and off-setting all remaining carbon emissions with a contribution to renewable energy, the business has gained CarbonNeutral status endorsed by the Carbon Footprint Standard – an internationally recognised standard for establishing low carbon products.
You may recognise Jez from TV as he has been on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen and Saturday Morning with James Martin, but his first passions are nature and conservation. Bees for Business have committed to install 250 new beehives over the next 5 years and, partnering with land owners, to sow 250 acres of organic, bee-friendly flower seeds on unused land, enhancing the environment visually whilst improving biodiversity and providing vital food sources for pollinators.