Lyreco has introduced three beehives at its national distribution centre in Telford, Shropshire, which cater for around 240,000 bees at their peak, with plans for a fourth.
The move is part of its ongoing commitment towards environmentally friendly and sustainable projects. The firm has also installed nearly 14,000 solar panels on the roof of its distribution hub. The installation is one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic system in the UK and saves Lyreco more than £53,000 a year on its energy bills, as well as cutting annual carbon emissions by 1,700 tonnes to make the site electrically carbon neutral.
The honey produced, 60lbs so far this year, will be sold to raise funds for the Lyreco for Education programme that gives children living in poor conditions better access to schooling.
Lyreco’s Managing Director for the UK and Ireland Peter Hradisky said: “The changing landscape of the UK has contributed to the reduction in bee numbers, which in turn poses a risk to food crops as bees play an important role in pollination. We wanted to help reverse that decline so we installed three hives earlier this year and have plans to add another.”