A business park which ‘bee-lieves’ in helping the wildlife is reaping the rewards, with a local charity set to benefit.
The prolonged good weather in the last few months has results in bee colonies at Quorum Business Park in Longbenton producing a bumper honey crop.
It has resulted in a surplus amount of honey being sold off to tenants and employees on the park, helping raise money for charity.
A three-year strategy was implemented at the site to help the threatened honey bee population, but although one of the colonies died out last winter, beekeeper Terry Hastings managed to successfully breed another Queen and the new colony is going strong.
Terry said: “The cold winter was a big threat to the bee life on Quorum, and after losing one of the colonies I was determined to re-establish the bee numbers this summer.”
Quorum Business Park events manager Jen Taylor said: “We are thrilled with our Quorum honey crop this year, the best we’ve had in the three years of having the bees at Quorum.
“We are looking forward to selling it to raise money for the Cash for Kids charity at our Christmas market in December.”