You’ve probably already noticed that we love our bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! But the incredible products they create, from propolis that works wonders for natural healing to the delicious honey that we all know and love, is just the tip of the ice-berg.
Bees are essential for human life on this planet, but the sad and scary truth is that they are rapidly dying out. To help protect and save these wonderful creatures and to preserve our own way of life too, it is of the utmost importance that we all educate ourselves and others on what it is exactly that makes bees so amazing and so integral for life.
Why The World Needs Bees
There are more than 20,000 species of bees in the world today, indigenous to different areas all over the planet. In the UK alone, there are several hundred types that separate into two different categories: Social and Solitary. All of these types of bees offer their own unique contribution to planet earth.
All bees are pollinators and pollinators are essential for crops, from fruit and veg to coffee and tea, to be able to thrive. There is a famous quote from Albert Einstein “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live” and this might be quite true: An incredible 84% of crops grown for human consumption today rely on bees and a select few other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality – that is an absolutely huge amount of food, that we survive off of, that depends on the existence of bees.
Does Beekeeping Help?
We are proud to say that Chain Bridge Honey has a whopping 1,800 hives throughout the Northumberland and Scottish Borders, from which we make all of our lovely products. Beekeeping is a great way to help boost the bee population, when done right, and it’s also a great hobby!
Keeping bees helps to strengthen the gene pool by adding healthy bees back into the population. Not only that, but just two hives can pollinate an entire mid-sized garden for thriving plants!
If you’re keen to try your hand at beekeeping, be sure to join a local beekeepers’ association first, so that you can learn all about how to keep your colonies alive and well.