A bee on a lavender flower in Yeo Valley's organic garden

Meet the new-bees

Tuesday 7th April 2020

We know how important pollinators are for farmers, in fact they’re an integral part of growing food for people and for cows. We’ve had hives in the valley for a while now and our bees are very much seen as VIPs on the farm!

Yeo Valley are working to put bee hives across dairy farms
Bees are important pollinators and make delicious honey!

We love our bees so much that we want to share the love, so we’ve decided to partner up with Buckley’s Bees to build and manage 10 new beehives and colonies across a number of British organic dairy farms. A father and daughter team based in Cheshire, Buckley’s Bees Beekeepers are registered BBKA members and have been breeding and caring for British Bees for over 50 years, so we know they share our passion for all things bee!

With reductions in wildflower meadows and increased urbanisation, there are now just 270,000 active hives in the UK compared with around 1,000,000 hives in 1900! Over the next two years we hope to provide homes for hundreds of thousands of new British honey bees.

Buckleys Bees logo Our partnership with Buckley’s Bees will mean that these hives and bee colonies are looked after and managed throughout the year according to the BBKA and Defra standards, with regular inspections to check on their homes and manage the colony for honey production. One day we may even be able to use some of the honey they produce in our products!

We're putting hives like this one across British dairy farms
We’re putting hives like this one across British dairy farms

Currently our queen bees are building their colonies and are being looked after by Emma at Buckley’s Bees in their designated apiary in Cheshire. They will be moved to 10 hives across 5 organic dairy farms in the UK as soon as travel restrictions are lifted – homing thousands of new bees over the next year!

Over the coming months, we’ll be updating you with news of our colonies so you can meet our new bees and find out more about the amazing work they do on the farm!

Comments on “Meet the new-bees”

  • Just brilliant. It’s the work of companies and individuals like this that give hope for the future of our natural world.

    Lynette on 21st March 2022 at 9:45 pm

  • Congratulations on your wonderful work. Bees need all the help they can get and we need them too.

    Billie Stephens on 25th January 2022 at 4:29 pm

  • Keep up the excellent work. All farm’s should take their example from Yeo Valley and the world would be a better place

    Darren Welsh on 23rd June 2021 at 1:16 pm

  • brilliant news for the bees

    zara on 26th April 2021 at 2:39 pm

  • Bees so important, planted a lilac budlia last summer, 6 varieties of butterflies visited but also Honey, Miner, Leaf cutter bees and Bumblebee s. Magical 🐝

    Amanda on 22nd March 2021 at 11:54 pm

  • Bee👍👍👍

    VALDAS on 15th March 2021 at 1:27 am

  • I have made a bee hive too because I’m also helping the bee population

    Alex on 27th January 2021 at 10:44 am

  • One of the most important creatures on earth which lots of people dont realise. Good on you YEO VALLEY.

    Janet on 10th December 2020 at 3:17 pm

  • Great news about the bees.
    We all need to. Do our bit to reestablish these excellent practices, which have slipped off the “normal”everyday occupations..

    Sally. Jaffe’ on 1st December 2020 at 12:19 pm

  • I love bees 🐝 💕

    Kathryn on 13th November 2020 at 5:51 pm

  • Love bees and I support my local bee keepers. To much imported honey in this country. Keep going Yeo.

    Janet Robinson on 13th November 2020 at 10:17 am

  • God bless you, dear Yeo Valley, for all good, sustainable and healthy food that you daily bring to our tables and now especially for the bees! They are so much needed especially now, when their numbers, as we know, decreases tragically all around the globe! It is so good of you to love and share them with friends.
    Longing to see the new Yeo Valley products with your natural honey!

    Nelli on 5th November 2020 at 12:06 pm

  • Don’t forget bumblebees that especially in early spring are very important pollinators for fruit trees . Like rough areas and uncut lawns for their nests so undisturbed wildlife areas even a few metre square will help them
    Love a bumble !

    Steve Pomeroy on 22nd October 2020 at 7:23 am

  • That’s fantastic news, Yeo Valley. Can’t have too many bees – they are wonderful creatures.

    Janice on 7th September 2020 at 5:11 pm

  • So sad that numbers have dropped so dramatically in the UK and wonderful that you are doing something about it, excellent. Lyn

    Lyn on 3rd September 2020 at 7:35 pm

  • I love bees so think this is a fabulous idea. We try to make some of our garden bee and butterfly friendly.
    I buy local honey from the farm shop near where I live which is delicious.

    Ann Boothroyd on 2nd September 2020 at 2:47 pm

  • Higher up the thread mention is made of “seed bombs” for prizes. Love that idea for a prize but also with Yeo’s organic farming, this is a brilliant idea anyway and an extra source of income for you!

    Janet on 29th July 2020 at 10:44 am

  • Saw on-line recently that veggie growers should mix bee-friendly flowers among the veg or grow close by to encourage pollination of veg flowers. I have heard of marigolds but the pics I saw were of dahlia and lilies which were a surprise! Love bees and friendly wasps, that have a hive in one of our compost bins, which we were about to move, but now don’t dare!

    Janet on 29th July 2020 at 10:41 am

  • As a beekeeper, I welcome this wonderful venture. Be sure to buy unadulterated honey by buying British especially direct from local beekeepers. Find one near you by contacting BBKA.

    win on 16th July 2020 at 12:27 pm

  • Hooray for our much needed
    and much loved BEES !!!

    joy on 7th July 2020 at 3:28 pm

  • Fantastic !
    The more bees the better.
    We’ve planted lots of wildflowers particularly around our home office…wonderful to work with the doors open and to hear them buzzing around the flowers

    Kate on 6th July 2020 at 8:56 am

  • We love the bees, our neighbour has a hive that relocates each year around now into our garden. They terrified our builders one year until I explained that if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. Lovely creatures, we now have lots of different types due to growing flowers & shrubs for them.

    jeano61492@gmail.com on 9th June 2020 at 8:29 am

  • What a good idea, I love to see bees on the foxgloves in my garden.

    lynda on 9th June 2020 at 2:13 am

  • Great idea. Maybe with your teokens we could get some while flowers for the pollinators. Just a thought keep up the good work.

    Gregory Bull on 8th June 2020 at 11:55 am

  • I just love bees I have an amazing honeysuckle bush that they feed on every morning the more bees we can have everywhere the better 🐝🐝🌞

    jayne on 6th June 2020 at 3:35 pm

  • Well done with the bees. Our small garden is bee, butterfly and Ladybird friendly. Bee and insect homes, that are being used regularly are a boon to our very small fruit and veg crops.

    Anthony Stutely on 5th June 2020 at 12:21 pm


    Cara on 4th June 2020 at 10:42 am

  • Hey guys!
    Fabulous idea – more bees anywhere is good, more organic bees even better!!
    As a novice bee keeper and dairy farmer’s daughter I know how important a holistic approach is to maintaining happy cows to make happy milk.
    Happy bees are important too. Have you considered remotely monitoring the hives back at Yeo HQ? A system such as that made by Arnia allows you to monitor not only the bees themselves, but also the weather around the hives and therefore the cows too.
    Good Luck!

    tania on 4th June 2020 at 9:57 am

  • Good news keep the great work I had a Bee Hive experience last year as a birthday treat amazing

    Doreen on 3rd June 2020 at 10:36 pm

  • This is great work!. All the plants in our garden are for bees & butterflies.

    Surinder on 3rd June 2020 at 8:47 pm

  • Well done bees are important

    lynda on 3rd June 2020 at 7:09 pm

  • Great News! Maybe Yeo could offer wildflower seed bombs in exchange for yeokens?

    Kim on 3rd June 2020 at 6:16 pm

  • Great news for UK bees. Our early flowering raspberry plants are loved by our garden bees.

    Judy on 3rd June 2020 at 4:04 pm

  • I have a little bug hotel in my garden, where 2 solitary bees have laid
    eggs, i have also done a no mow may to support the bees.

    Birgitta Whitaker on 3rd June 2020 at 3:40 pm

  • Fantastic. Bees are wonderful fascinating creatures and so important for our planet! 🐝

    Nicola on 3rd June 2020 at 3:27 pm

  • Thank you Helen for mentioning the solitary bees which many people don’t know about. Only honey bees make honey and use hives. Don’t forget that the bumblebees also are great pollinators. The more flower types we have in the garden and hedgerows, the better it is for all types of bee.

    Tina on 3rd June 2020 at 2:20 pm

  • Our garden in Scotland is alive with bees.
    We have this year erected a mason bee house but so far there has been no activity around it.

    Patricia Mc Ainsh on 3rd June 2020 at 12:48 pm

  • Honey bees are wonderful, but I support other comments saying we must remember the 250 other species of bees in the UK. It’s all about habitat, and availability of biodiverse, native forage plants for them.

    Jane Hunter on 3rd June 2020 at 12:28 pm

  • Thank you! The bees thank you! It is refreshing to read about a concerned effort to concentrate on a project preserving life that has to do with nature and not pharmaceutical intervention.

    A. Marr on 3rd June 2020 at 11:28 am

  • How wonderful!

    I would love to, ahem.. ‘bee’ updated on the bees.

    I wonder also, if you could provide links to bee experts, bee care and bee housing, as well as updates to the Yeovalley bees?

    Y on 3rd June 2020 at 11:26 am

  • Buzzing brilliant news! Bring on the bees.

    Liz on 3rd June 2020 at 11:07 am

  • Rural dwellers should be encouraged to convince Parish & Town Councils to set aside sections of parklands in order that bee keepers can situate hives to maximise availability of blossoming trees & flowering shrubs. Schools to be encouraged to get involved and communities to share/buy the honey.

    Gerald on 3rd June 2020 at 10:59 am

  • V good re looking after our bees so thank you.
    Also on breakfast BBC1 TV programme today they talked about the threat of Hornet bees so please keep a look out for them and report any you see not sure who to but Buckley’s Bees will no I expect. Take care. The Sweet 🍬 family of Corsham

    paul on 3rd June 2020 at 10:27 am

  • So glad to see British bees in these hives. Too many countries have imported foreign bees for pollination to the detriment of their own native bee populations. Great work.

    Penny Allwright on 3rd June 2020 at 10:05 am

  • 🐝❤️ 🙃

    Laila on 28th May 2020 at 12:08 pm

  • Great news but don’t forget about the native solitary bees too. They need nest sites – sandy soil banks facing south or bee nest houses with tubes of various sizes.

    Helen on 14th May 2020 at 5:29 pm

  • Great idea, look forward to the bees arriving.

    Caroline Way on 10th May 2020 at 9:12 am

  • Well done we need the bees

    Olwen O'Dowd on 6th May 2020 at 1:01 pm

  • Wonderful for doing this, I have planted a number of plants in an attempt to aid bees as much as possible. Thank you.

    Elaine King on 19th April 2020 at 1:57 pm

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