Loveden Estates Honey
Pollybell is home to Loveden Estates’ hives and its bees. Bees are a great biodiversity indicator. Pollybell launched the Loveden Estates honey bee project in 2010 growing plants and trees that provide good sources of pollen & nectar. We have over fifty acres of bee crop and thirty hives.
Loveden Estates honey is made by some of the best-loved bees in the country. The honey is unique because it comes from the only UK farm that grows crops specifically for bees which means the honey enjoys greater consistency in purity and flavour.
Bees in other parts of the UK are not catered for as carefully and often rely on whatever the farmer is growing locally. Much of this is the bright yellow oil seed rape crop which produces a honey that is different from ours in flavour, colour and texture and which also means the honey often needs additional processing.
Bees love borage (often referred to as bee bread) as it produces lots of nectar. Loveden Estate and Pollybell grows the bright blue borage in abundance, as well as other favourites such as phacelia, sunflowers, white clover and a wild flower bee mix. Our bees forage on the organic land which makes up Pollybell Farm - hedgerows, wildlife-rich pastures and plenty of plants to pollinate make this a very special place for bees to live.
Inevitably, because bees are busy, free range creatures and can fly up to four miles from their hives, they will feed on and pollinate flowers in non-organic hedgerows, fields and gardens. As a result Loveden Estates honey cannot be labelled organic. When you taste Loveden Estate’s honey, however, you’ll enjoy its unique flavour and texture.