Peak District cement firm helps bees

One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain's bee population.
One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain's bee population.
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One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries to support a nationwide campaign to grow Britain’s bee population.

Hope Construction Materials has introduced 100,000 bees at Hope Cement Works in the Hope Valley and Dowlow Quarry near Buxton.

In addition, the company has been working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust on its project ‘Pollinating the Peaks’, encouraging employees and their families to ‘do their bit’ to help increase the bumblebee population.

Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, recently gave a talk to Hope employees and their families.

She said: “We are working with companies to develop bee-friendly environments by creating biodiverse spaces around both restored and active quarry sites.

“This could help play a vital role in their long-term survival.

“Both of Hope Construction Materials’ quarries provide great environments for bees with the biodiversity of plants available to them, and the passion of the employees is terrific. We are grateful for their support and would like to encourage any other organisations in a position to care for bees to do so.”