Chippindale Foods is the first food production company to partner with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Here at Chippindale Foods we have introduced biodiversity initiatives that make a real difference to wildlife and our natural environment. We work with our poultry farmers to plant new habitats for bees and wildlife and invest in new initiatives to minimise our impact on the world we live in.
In partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust we launched our award-winning Bee Friendly Farm scheme to boost bee numbers across Yorkshire and the North East. All our Yorkshire free range eggs are laid on Bee Friendly Farms and we have created more than 16 acres of nectar rich habitat.
Bee Friendly Farms
By working closely with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Chippindale Foods and our egg producers are helping to create wildflower meadows that can contain up to 40 species of plant per square metre.
Lungwort, pussy willow, hellebore and rosemary provide a source of nectar to queen bees coming out of hibernation in early spring. In summer, foxgloves, geranium, hollyhock, sweet peas, thyme and blackberry will attract bees, while honeysuckle, verbena and lavender are ideal for autumn.
Award Winning Scheme
Chippindale’s Bee Friendly free range egg campaign scooped the Marketing Initiative of the Year award at the 2016 BFREPA conference for the British free range egg industry.
The Bee Friendly Farm Scheme has led to the creation of 16 acres of bee habitat across nine bee friendly free range poultry farms. Between them the farms within the scheme now produce enough eggs to supply the entire Chippindale “Yorkshire” egg brand, which is sold in regional Morrisons and Co-op stores.
Becoming a Bee Friendly Farmer
Free range egg producers who join our Bee Friendly Farm scheme designate at least 5% of their range area for creation and management of habitat to support bumblebees. This means the scale of egg production on the farm relates directly to the size of habitat.
Richard Pearson, our head of agriculture, works in partnership with Gill Perkins at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to support farmers in establishing bumblebee habitats on their farms.
Bee Walk Training
Our farmers and their families receive special training to help them monitor their bee habitat and feed that data back to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
As planting on our Bee Friendly Farms becomes more established, bumblebees thrive. The training we provide in conjunction with the BBCT shows farmers and their families how to count the bees and identify species and nests.