Bentley has introduced two bee hives to its site in Crewe to improve biodiversity.

About 120,000 bees will now call the site home and will produce 15 kilos – or 50 jars – of honey by summer’s end. This is the latest in on-going strides from the luxury car firm to make the Crewe site more efficient and environmentally friendly, following a recently installed solar panel system.

Local beekeepers will be enlisted to tend to the bees, which look to be thriving in a grassland area of the Bentley site that has been blessed with wild flowers ideal for the insects.

Peter Bosch, Bentley’s member of the board for manufacturing, said: “Although our Pyms Lane site is over 80 years old, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our environmental footprint and achieve our goal of carbon neutral operations.

“We already have the largest solar car port in the UK on our site – which means that all of our electricity use is now either solar or certified green – so we’ve also started to look at ways we can use our site to increase local biodiversity.

“Bee populations are in decline in the UK, so installing two hives to help boost biodiversity is a great way to make use of the grassland at the edge of the site.”

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