A builders’ merchant is creating quite a buzz with its support for a Cheshire social enterprise that encourages local communities to help conserve Britain’s native bee populations.
TIMCo has teamed up with Northwich-based Bees In Our Community (BIOC). The not-for-profit organisation was established in 2016 to offer a free ongoing ‘loan’ of beehives and honeybees to home owners, land owners and farmers across Cheshire.
BIOC’s aim is to get over 300 hives into the local community. Many hives are located close to TIMCo’s headquarters and warehouse in Nantwich.
The bees are all locally bred and raised and are of the native (Apis Mellifera Mellifera) strain. Native bees make best use of the variable weather and forage that Cheshire experiences and play a vital role in pollination, with an estimated one third of all foods consumed each day relying on pollination by bees.
Hives are too expensive to buy new, so they are hand made from locally sourced and recycled wood, which requires a large volume of screws and glue in their assembly.
To support the charity’s efforts, TIMco has initially donated over 25,000 items of its screw stock (based on BIOC’s requirements), as well as suppling wood for the construction of the hives.
The company says it is to pledge further donations to the organisation throughout the coming year and has committed to supply the charity with all its fixing needs to achieve its targets.
TIMCo has also contributed to the re-design of the hives so that they can be made from timber originally used in pallets. The company says this “mutually beneficial opportunity” has reduced the amount of timber being recycled and reduced the material cost to zero.
“We are excited to be supporting local initiatives such as Bees in Our Community and to be helping them with such a positive initiative,” said Simon Midwood, TIMCO’s managing director.
“As a ‘Founding Sponsor’, we look forward to continuing to support the organisation’s outstanding work and to help make a positive environmental impact within our local community. In the future, we hope to have some hives on TIMco’s land in order to bring our support for this cause to life.”
Karl Colyer of BIOC added: “As a not-for-profit business, every penny counts and is directed towards helping honeybees. The very generous supply of screws and several van loads of wood has really helped us provide quality hives for the bees.”