Essential to the lifecycle of Fir Farm’s orchard and wildflower meadows, public awareness of the vital overall ecological role of bees has been growing fast in recent years, not least because of the threats to them.
We have 12 hives on the farm and sell the resultant, sublime honey.
According to the EU, pollinators, including honey bees, bumblebees and wild bees, contribute at least 22 billion euros each year to the European agriculture industry. They ensure pollination for over 80% of crops and wild plants in Europe. Honey bees also provide honey and other products such as pollen, wax for food processing, propolis in food technology, and royal jelly used as a dietary supplement and as an ingredient in food. More information on EU action in relation to bees can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/live_animals/bees_en