Beekeeping fills break times at Waitrose HQBy Hugh Fort
July 17, 2012
Staff at one of Bracknell’s largest employers have been getting a buzz during their break times by learning about the art of beekeeping.
Waitrose employees now have two hives at the company’s head office in Doncastle Road and staff have been able to tend to the insects in the hope of producing some honey later in the year.
The idea came from Moira Howie, the company’s nutrition manager, who is a keen beekeeper herself.
She said the thinking behind the project was to give staff something new to learn about.
Moira told the Bracknell Forest Standard the recent bad weather had been “disastrous” for bees and honey production.
But, she is still hopeful to get some honey before the end of the summer.
She said: “We have two hives at the office now and a lot of people have taken an interest. We’ve got a few experienced beekeepers and a lot of people who have no experience are now keen to learn about it.
“We started in the spring, but the recent weather has not been good for bees.
“All the rain means plants have not been pollinating. Even if they do it gets washed away so there’s nothing for the bees.”
Moira explained this meant the honey-making process had been slowed down.
She said: “It’s good to see a lot of our staff taking an interest in beekeeping – it’s a very interesting and satisfying hobby.
“With only two hives, don’t expect us to start selling Waitrose own honey, made by its staff, but its good for our staff to take an interest in.
“I think it’s a nice thing for a company to do to allow its staff to try something like beekeeping and we hope the weather improves so our bees can give us some honey.”