Skip to main content

Asda Newport hive off spare sugar to help bees flourish on the Isle of Wight

July 18, 2018 00:24pm
Share this on

Colleagues from our Newport store on the Isle of Wight have been helping the island's bee population by collecting waste sugar from the store and donating it to local beekeepers.

Clare Jones and Kenny Farrell from Asda Newport donate sugar to the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association
Clare and Kenny donating sugar to help the bees

Community champion Clare Jones and store manager Kenny Farrell visited the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association to drop off buckets of sugar which colleagues collect after it spills from sugar packets either en route to the store or on the shop floor.

Clare and Kenny wore beekeeping suits as the group explained to them how the sugar is used to feed their bee colonies.

Asda Newport colleagues Kenny Farrell and Clare Jones with the beekeepers
Kenny and Clare found out how the donated sugar will be used

Dave Cassell from the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association said: "Asda's help is brilliant for a charity like ourselves. Normally we have to buy the sugar, and as the bees go through a huge amount of sugar it's normally quite a drain on our budget.

"This sugar is very useful to feed our bees. Basically, sugar makes the queen lay more eggs.

Asda Newport donate sugar to the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association

"We've got about 15 hives, starting with around 5,000 bees per colony. They can go through four or five kilos of sugar in the form of syrup overnight.

"We'd hope to end up with between 60,000 and 80,000 bees in each colony.

"Our main aim is ecology but the bees do produce honey too."

Asda Newport donate sugar to the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association
Clare and Kenny with the beekeepers

Clare said: "The association contacted us because they were struggling to feed their bee colony during the winter. So to help them we save our sugar waste and send it to the beekeepers every fortnight. They're so grateful.

"All the colleagues know about this and are on the lookout for waste sugar. They sweep it up and put it in special sugar collection buckets, then I take it round to the beekeepers.

"Most of the waste comes from broken sugar bags. Some sugar tends to end up on delivery pallets. Occasionally we get some from the shop floor.

"We normally donate two buckets a fortnight, each weighing around 30 pounds.

"The beekeeping suits weren't very flattering, but we were delighted to see for ourselves how the sugar is helping them."

Our story


© ASDA 2024