Contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell has introduced an Adopt a Beehive initiative to help raise awareness of the declining population of British bumblebees in the past 20 years.
The scheme was suggested by Bartlett Mitchell employee Sarah Prentice and is supported by the British Beekeepers Association. Staff and customers from all of the caterer's restaurants will be able to take part in the activities, such as competitions and prize draws, which raise the money to adopt, and ultimately protect, beehives in each restaurant's locality.
Ten beehives in London and the South-east have been adopted since the initiative began in January.
Wendy Bartlett, managing director, Bartlett Mitchell, said it was great to see the initiative come to fruition so quickly.
"Bees have a huge impact on our food and as food lovers we should all be concerned about their future. In fact one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on bee pollination so it's important that we help protect this species.
"With our ‘Adopt a Beehive' initiative we are doing our bit to help restore a thriving bumble bee population, and ensure their vital contribution to our food supplies continues."
By Janie Stamford
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