Garden centre produces its own honey

Webbs garden centre at Wychbold, Worcestershire has packaged its first 500 jars of home-produced honey.

Earlier this year, professional bee keeper Chris Broad established eight hives in the gardens at Webbs, which has now provided 500 jars of exclusive Webbs’ honey.

Broad, who runs Saltway Honey with his wife Susan from Bromsgrove, set up the apiary which will yield two types of honey – a firm early one which has now gone on sale and a runny variety which will be ready soon.

This is the first time Webbs has introduced hives to the grounds and the first time it has been able to stock its own honey on the shelves in the Food Hall.

Chairman Ed Webb said: "It’s fascinating to see how the nectar from our lovely gardens is turned by the bees into this delicious-tasting honey. The hives in the New Wave Garden have sparked a lot of interested from our visitors and I’m sure they will look forward to tasting the final result! 

"We have stunning gardens full of a wide variety of plants here at Webbs and I’m sure the bees benefit from the rich nectar."

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