Motors’ historic site in Crewe is already famous for producing the models that
have carried its “flying B” emblem on the bonnet for one hundred years, but
thanks to a new biodiversity initiative, the company is now creating a buzz
with the introduction of 120,000 “flying bees” of a different kind.
produces some of the most luxurious cars in the world under the brand names
Bentayga, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne.
the help of local beekeepers, two national hives, which are collectively home
to 120,000 British Apis Mellifera honey bees, have been successfully installed
on grassland at the edge of the Bentley site.
The area has been sown with bee friendly wild flowers – and as it
borders the Cheshire countryside, it is proving to be the perfect habitat for
the bees, who are settling in well and showing promising signs for the first
honey harvest at the end of the summer. Each hive has the potential to create
around 15kg – or approximately 50 jars of honey.
Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing explains: “Although our
Pyms Lane site is over 80 years old, we’re constantly looking for ways to
improve our environmental footprint and achieve our goal of carbon neutral
already have the largest solar car port in the UK on our site - which means
that all of our electricity use is now either solar or certified green – so
we’ve also started to look at ways we can use our site to increase local
“Bees populations are in decline in the UK, so
installing two hives to help boost biodiversity is a great way to make use of
the grassland at the edge of the site.
“flying bees” are honeybees that have been bred by local beekeepers with over
fifty years’ experience. With their
help, we’re checking on them every week and it’s great to see that they’re
already starting to produce the first Bentley honey”.
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