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”

  • 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

    Anonymous on 3rd June 2020 at 7:09 pm

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

    Anonymous 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! 🐝

    Anonymous 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.

    Anonymous 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

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