A colony of 120,000 indigenous honey bees, taking up residence in May 2019 as part of Bentley's #GOTOZERO sustainable strategy have now grown to an impressive 600,000 strong swarm across ten active bee hives at the company's headquarters.
To cultivate the hive, Bentley teamed with "Buckley Bees," who are responsible for maintaining the health of the colony and producing the honey. They ensure each honeycomb frame is spun to extract every drop of honey, which is drained, filtered, and decanted before being jarred.
As Bentley describes it, the extraction and jarring processes are handled with the same "attention to detail and excellence that is expected of the Bentley brand." Once the honey is properly decanted, it is carefully packaged in elegant jars. Then it is offered as a unique gift to VIP visitors and guests to the Bentley headquarters in Crewe.
"Not only are these amazingly hard workers contributing to our local biodiversity, in my opinion, they are also the producers of some of the finest quality honey in the world, taking inspiration from their counterparts in our Excellence Centre for Vehicle Finish." Peter Bosch, Bentley's Board Member for Manufacturing, comments.
Bentley's Excellence Centre for Honey Production
The Excellence Centre for Honey Production is one of many initiatives Bentley launched to promote and improve site sustainability at its factory. It's also planted over 100 trees around the factory grounds and built birdhouses and hedgehog boxes that dot the campus. Other activities include planting flora and fauna, including more than 5,000 daffodil bulbs, all of which are intended to improve the local environment. More recently, the company teamed with The Macallan to promote recycling and produce bottles made from recycled Bentleys.
Bentley is planning new initiatives to reduce its environmental impact and become "the leader in sustainable luxury mobility."