A colony of bees that is looked after by Eurostar colleagues is expected to produce enough honey in 2018 to make the high-speed operator “sustainable in honey”.
In 2016, 10 bee hives were setup by Eurostar in collaboration with educational charity Global General and the Honey Club. Located at Mersham, near Ashford in Kent, the colony takes advantage of large areas of arable land that form part of the biodiversity corridor alongside HS1.
Honey produced from the hives is used by Eurostar’s catering team in its onboard business premier desserts. They’re also used in its own brand of gin, Toujours 21, which is produced with Silent Pools distillery and Raymond Blanc.
A Eurostar spokesman said: “We have had our own bees for a few years now, with the quantity of honey produced having grown since we launch.
“We have enough honey from the 2018 harvest to go into 25,000 business premier desserts on board.”
Eurostar’s chief beekeeper is a train driver, who is supported by colleagues from its contact centre and depot at Ashford.
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