Macho Bees at Nandos in Putney

Innovative and sustainable group – Api:Culture – has teamed up with the Putney Nando’s to address pollinator challenges and to create locally produced chilli jam.

Api:Culture are all about working together with bees to create a healthy ecosystem for both society and pollinators. Did you know that bees, as well as other pollinators, struggle in our current environment? This is due to a changing climate and poor beekeeping practices, to name a few reasons. Nando’s, too, have strong environmental ethics and values towards sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Although they are already a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Nando’s turned to working with Api:Culture to help our bees back in 2015, after all the main ingredients in some of your favourite Nando’s orders rely upon bees, from the herbs to the high welfare chicken.

When planning how to give back to the bees, Api:Culture and Nando’s decided on installing a hive at their head office on Upper Richmond Road and the planting of forage. Head office staff from Nando’s went on to plant flowers funded by Nando’s in Clapham Old Town. Api:Culture make weekly visits to the installed hive at Nando’s head office between April and August, to ensure that the bees remain healthy and do not cause any issues to neighbours.

But back to the chilli jam. After many successful reared colonies from the Nando’s bees, boxes of honey were produced and specially packaged in branded jars and given to staff, corporate clients and suppliers. If you have recently been to Nando’s you would know that they introduced a new starter addition – halloumi sticks with… chilli jam! The bees wax from the hives were also made into lip balms and distributed to staff.

After many years of success, Api:Culture and Nando’s are now looking to produce a new and exciting product with the honey – Honey Beer. This is set to feature in selected restaurants in the UK and in their mobile kitchen which you will find at pop-up events and festivals.

We are thrilled to learn about this fantastic project in the heart of Putney. We hope that projects such as this can influence the impact on bee populations. What are your thoughts? Have you ever been a part of a project that has made a positive impact on the environment? Tweet us @putney_bid, we would love to know.

For more information on Api:Culture please visit their website: http://www.apicultural.co.uk/

 

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