Epsom abuzz about its latest residents: honey bees

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:30 30 September 2013

Kimberley Gimenes of Epsom Beekeepers

Kimberley Gimenes of Epsom Beekeepers

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The fight to save our nation’s bees has taken a twist in Epsom, where a colony of honey bees has been moved into new housing on The Ashley Centre roof.

“We are lucky enough to have the very pro-active Epsom Division of Surrey Beekeepers on our doorstep, so we asked them about housing a beehive on one of our roofs,” says general manager David Beddows.

“They thought it was a good idea and we are now working in partnership with them on this exciting project, to try and do our best to help save the very important honey bee.”

Epsom Beekeepers have already placed one hive on the roof and, if this is successful, the partnership will be looking to introduce more in the future.

“We are pleased to be doing our bit to help bolster the local bee population, as they are in decline and research shows that around a third of what we eat is pollinated by bees,” says David.

“Who knows, there may even come a time where we will be able to offer customers The Ashley Centre honey.”

• For more information about Epsom Beekeepers, visit www.epsombeekeepers.co.uk

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