On-site Apiary Bears Fruit for North Yorkshire Nursery

A horticultural nursery in North Yorkshire has collected its first batch of honey, after installing an on-site bee apiary earlier this year.

Johnsons of Whixley, one of the largest suppliers to amenity sector in Europe, recognised the important role that bees play in the UK’s natural eco-system and partnered with Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association to offer the insects a home at a new apiary, constructed in May.

The first honey pot collected at Johnsons of Whixley

The first honey pot collected at Johnsons of Whixley

The new apiary has already provided a boost to the local bee population, and several jars of honey have now been collected.

Each bee can make half a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, meaning it takes approximately 180 bees to fill a full jar.

The British bee population has declined at an alarming rate in recent years, by a third since 2007.

Contributions to the decline include recent wet summers, which have prevented bees from searching out pollen, and environmental changes, such as the increased use of pesticides in farming, alongside the depletion of natural habitats.

Bees are a vital part in the world’s food production, as studies have revealed that around a third of the world’s food is pollination dependent.

Johnsons of Whixley group managing director, Graham Richardson, said:
“The installation of the on-site apiary has proven a hugely worthwhile exercise. It’s our duty to protect and nurture our eco-system, and this is a small way that we can do just that.”

Johnsons of Whixley

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