- NEW CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HALT THE DECLINE OF THE HONEYBEE
JEZ Rose, a bee farmer based in Lincolnshire and owner of Bees for Business based near Peterborough, has scooped a silver award from the Green Tourism Board for demonstrating excellent progress and commitment to sustainability in his business. As part of his commitment to biodiversity, he has also launched a new crowdfunding campaign aiming to install 250 beehives over the next five years to help halt the declining honeybee population in the UK
Bees for Business was started by Jez Rose two years ago after working for 13 years in the corporate world. He had a fascination with bees and believed that he could combine his experience of business with bee farming, so Bees for Business was born. The company aims to be sustainable at all levels and champions organic farming and biodiversity with the new crowdfunding project lying at the heart of those ambitions.
Jez takes up the story: “Although our project on the farm is relatively new, we’ve been keen from the start to make an impact and be true to our mantra of: “100% Ethical, 100% British, 100% trying to do the right thing”.
“We are ethical beekeepers supporting the bee’s natural behaviour and we only take excess honey which is then supplied to all our supporters who have adopted a hive through us. We run workshops and experience days consistently receiving five-star reviews. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and at our farm we have planted bee friendly flowers and plants. We are an organic farm, licensed by the Soil Association and we are collaborating with landowners to plant organic, bee-friendly flower seeds. All of our food and refreshments are 100% organic and sourced from our own gardens and we have an active recycling programme where all of our packaging is reused or recycled.
“One of our core aims is to help to halt the rapid decline of the honeybee in the UK. Sadly, nearly 1 in 10 of wild honeybees across Europe now face the real threat of extinction. Our new crowdfunding project stems from a need to help reverse the appalling decline of these species in the UK which is becoming a serious issue for future biodiversity not only in this country, but around the world. We hope that people will help to support our aim of wanting to build the honeybee population up to the more sustainable levels that existed 20 years ago.”
You can find out more about Bees for Business at: https://beesforbusiness.com