22 September 2021

  • Jaguar Land Rover employees collect first honey harvest from on-site apiary at Solihull
  • Hives installed over three years housing approximately 150,000 honey bees
  • Project supports employee wellbeing and enhances sustainability at the plant
  • Part of a wider employee-led initiative to establish apiaries across Jaguar Land Rover’s UK sites

Thursday 16th September 2021, Solihull, UK – Jaguar Land Rover employees at Solihull are producing honey as well as vehicles, with the first harvest from their on-site hives. 

Volunteer employee beekeepers have been caring for three hives in an apiary which has become home to around 150,000 bees since being installed in 2019. The project is intended to support wellbeing and promote environmental benefits.

Employees at Solihull also hosted children from nearby nursery, Busy Bees Discoveryland, helping them learn more about bees and how to look after them. The honey bee project is part of a wider employee-led initiative to establish apiaries across Jaguar Land Rover’s UK sites.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being outdoors for mental and physical health. Mental health charities recommend spending time in green spaces, while the Government has announced additional funding for Green Social Prescribing – nature-based activities such as beekeeping, to achieve positive mental wellbeing.

Dean Clarke, who works at Solihull and is a volunteer beekeeper at the plant, said: “It feels amazing to have collected our first harvest and to know the bees are happy and healthy in their new home.  

“Beekeeping is brilliant for your mental health and wellbeing – as well as being great for the environment – so this is just the first step in our mission to providing a home for a million bees across all Jaguar Land Rover sites.” 

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull has more than 13 acres of woodland and grassland. Earlier this year the plant marked ‘No Mow May’ by allowing grassy areas on the site to grow, to encourage wildflowers and provide food for pollinators.

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Notes to Editors

About Jaguar Land Rover: Reimagining the future of modern luxury by design

Jaguar Land Rover is reimagining the future of modern luxury by design through its two distinct, British brands.

Our current model range embraces fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles, as well as the latest diesel and petrol engines. Our class-leading Jaguars and Land Rovers are in demand around the world and in Fiscal 2020/21 we sold 439,588 vehicles in 127 countries. Land Rover is the global leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. Jaguar is the first ever brand to offer a premium all-electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE.

At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and a Battery Assembly Centre in the UK. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. Three of our seven technology hubs are in the UK – Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London – with additional sites in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Shanghai, China.

Central to our Reimagine strategy is the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands with two clear, distinct personalities. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade. This marks the start of the company’s journey to become a net zero carbon business across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors since 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.