Loughborough Gold is an exclusive product made by the University’s very own honeybees who were welcomed to the Loughborough campus in 2013 in a bid to support the declining population while increasing pollination and biodiversity.
This year marks 10 years of Loughborough Gold and has been one of their most productive yet, resulting in a bumper harvest of honey, which is extracted in such a way as to leave plenty for the bees.
The honey is now available for staff and students to purchase from the University Online Shop. Please note that the Staff Online Shop is Agresso code payment only so personal purchases must be made via the Community and Student Online Shops. ‘Bee prepared’ as sales will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
The honey costs £6.45 for a half lb jar and £9.50 for a three-quarter lb jar (only a few of these are available). The money collected from the sale will be used for looking after our 12 colonies of honeybees.
Please note there is an initial limit of two jars per person, but you can come back for more after Christmas if there are any left.
Online Shop customers will be contacted after making their purchase to let them know their order is ready to collect from the Herbert Manzoni Building counter. If you have any queries regarding collection, please email email@example.com. Please note that due to the delicate nature of this product, delivery is not possible.
The apiary volunteers have worked hard throughout the year to look after the bees and to harvest the honey over the summer months ready to be jarred and sold. This year has seen a significant increase in volunteer interest in supporting the bees, the honey extraction, and jarring with over 20 different volunteers involved this summer, thank you all.
Nik Hunt, Environmental Manager said: “We are really grateful for the work of the volunteers supporting the bees and helping with honey extraction and jarring, we only have a small sustainability team and couldn’t do this without the volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers this year. Volunteering is a great opportunity to support campus sustainability and biodiversity without needing to be an expert in these fields.”
If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Apiary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bees support our activities in aid of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
- 12 – Responsible consumption and production
- 15 – Life on land
Find out more about our commitment to the SDGs.