Hackney honey glut sold off to top stores

PUBLISHED: 09:55 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 10 February 2015

George Downing Estate Bee Project 2014. Photo ©

George Downing Estate Bee Project 2014. Photo ©


Honey that Stoke Newington residents helped produce has been sold at Fortnum and Mason, Selfridges and Neal’s Yard.

George Downing Estate Bee Project 2014. Photo © AndyAitchison.ukGeorge Downing Estate Bee Project 2014. Photo ©

Southern Housing Group (SHG) and bee hive rental company, Barnes and Webb helped install the two hives on the George Downing Estate off Cazenove Road over the summer, thanks to a grant from the the Big Lottery Fund.

Andrew Aitchison who worked on the project said: “It has been fantastic so far – the bee hives themselves have produced a lot of honey and we’ve seen how having bees around has helped our garden overall. This summer there were a lot more wild birds and our own fruit and vegetable gardens were a lot more productive than they usually are.”

The project was so successful it will be rolled out to SHG’s other London estates.

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