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”

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

    Anonymous 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

    Anonymous 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.

    Anonymous on 9th June 2020 at 8:29 am

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

    Anonymous 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 🐝🐝🌞

    Anonymous 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


    Anonymous 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!

    Anonymous 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

    Anonymous on 3rd June 2020 at 10:36 pm

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