Our beekeeping project
We’re huge fans of the humble bee so our Pollenation project was born out of a desire to help prevent the decline of bees and to support the dwindling, yet vital art of beekeeping.
After all, bees make the tasty honey that blends together the ingredients in our bars and cereals and they help to feed the world by pollinating crops. In a nutshell, bees transfer pollen from one plant to another, which helps with the production of seeds and fertilisation.
so how did our Pollenation project kick off?
In 2015, Chris Schubert of local Essex workshop Maken, created a number of hives from our old, unused pallets and kitted them out with hive monitoring kits. Around 24 planks go into each handmade hive.
With the hives built, we then recruited 25 pioneer beekeepers from The British Beekeeper Association. These 25 pioneers devoted their time and shared their beekeeping expertise with 25 newbies; beekeeping hopefuls who were keen to learn this fascinating trade. Over the years, more and more people have been recruited, kitted out with a hive, and given the knowledge and know-how to make their own honey and help boost the biodiversity in their area.
Today, we have 180 Eat Natural recruits, all at various stages of their beekeeping journey.
what does the future hold for Pollenation?
Although we’re no longer recruiting beekeepers for Pollenation, we encourage you to get involved with beekeeping. Not only will you learn an exciting trade, but you’ll be helping to support local bee populations, in turn helping to support pollination.
Your local beekeeping association is a good place to start; try their beginners’ course to kick things off. You can also help support bees and other insect life in other ways too. Click here for some easy inspiration.