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There's a new buzz around Bentley

01/08/2019
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With a range of new models on the horizon, and some exciting plans for electrification there’s certainly a buzz of excitement and anticipation around Bentley Motors at present. But the company has just added to that buzz with the introduction of 120,000 honey bees at its manufacturing site in Crewe, UK.
Bentley has introduced 120,000 honey bees to its manufacturing site in Crewe, UK
(Image via Bentley Motors).

The installation of the two new bee hives is part of a biodiversity initiative which aims to improve Bentley’s environmental improvement, as well as have a positive impact upon the ecology surrounding Bentley’s Pyms Lane site.

Bentley has drafted in the support of local beekeepers to successfully install the hives which will be home to the Apis Mellifera variety of honey bee. In addition, 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 we are told are settling in well and showing promising signs for the first honey harvest at the end of the summer.
Bentley has been working with local beekeepers to install and maintain the two new bee hives
(Image via Bentley Motors).

Each hive has the potential to create around 15kg – or approximately 50 jars of honey.

Commenting on the latest editions to the Bentley team, Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said:

“Although our Pyms Lane site is well over 80 years old, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our environmental footprint and achieve our goal of carbon neutral operations. We 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 biodiversity.”
The installation of the new bee hives is part of a series of environmental initiatives at Bentley's Pyms Lane site
(Image via Bentley Motors).

“Bee 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 each of the site. Our ‘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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