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26th Oct, 2021

JLR's busy bees gather first honey harvest from Solihull hive

Sarah Mason 23rd Sep, 2021

JAGUAR Land Rover staff in Solihull are buzzing with excitement after their first honey harvest from the on-site bee hives.

Volunteer beekeepers at the Lode Lane site have been caring for three hives in an apiary which has become home to around 150,000 bees since being installed in 2019.

Children from Busy Bees Discoveryland nursery have also visited the hives to find out about bees and how to look after them.

Dean Clarke, who works at Solihull and is a volunteer beekeeper at the plant, said: “It feels amazing to have collected our first harvest and to know the bees are happy and healthy in their new home.

“Beekeeping is brilliant for your mental health and wellbeing – as well as being great for the environment – so this is just the first step in our mission to providing a home for a million bees across all Jaguar Land Rover sites.”

The honey bee project is part of a wider employee-led initiative to establish apiaries across Jaguar Land Rover’s UK sites and has been used to support staff’s wellbeing and promote environmental benefits.

Workers have also helped wildflowers and provide food for pollinators on its 13acres of woodland and grassland at the Lode Lane plant when it took part in ‘No Mow May’.

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