We are proudly celebrating 15 years of our Hives for Lives initiatives. Since its inception, the programme has supported bees and beekeepers alike, championing sustainable practices and addressing the urgent challenges facing our buzzing pollinators.

Why do Bees Matter?

Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, pollinating plants that provide us with fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Bees are not only essential for biodiversity but are also key players in sustaining our food supply. Without them, we wouldn’t survive.

Recognising the importance of bees, we launched the Hives for Lives programme in 2008. The initiatives focus on supporting and protecting both bees and beekeepers by implementing sustainable practices, fostering biodiversity, and education.

Over the past 15 years, in collaboration with our partners, we have achieved some great milestones. Some notable achievements include:

a group of bees are gathered around a hole in a piece of wood .

Education and Training

In partnership with the BFA, the programme has provided training to over 40 apprentices, equipping them with the skills needed for sustainable and ethical beekeeping practices.

three young men in bee suits are standing around a table .

Habitat Restoration

In partnership with Blenheim Palace, we have sown over 70 species of wildflowers across 50 acres of land and seen wildlife and habitats thrive!

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We have funded vital research with the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects in Sussex to understand how we can better protect our pollinators.

a close up of a bee sitting on a purple flower .

Sustainable futures across the globe

Together with Bees For Development we support some of the poorest communities in the world in Ethiopia, by training over 250 people in how to keep bees and reforested 80 hectares of land so far

a group of people are posing for a picture with wicker baskets .

Keep an eye out for our ongoing journey towards a sustainable and bee-friendly future. Together, we can ensure that the sweet nectar of life keeps flowing for generations to come!


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