How honey is causing a buzz in Westminster

Gardeners Jim and Annie stand near the beehives

Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estate is home to around 1,100 homes but also several hundred honey bees. For eight years, two beehives have thrived on the award-winning estate, which is recognised for its beautiful gardens, and this year we will again see a crop of delicious honey sold to residents to raise funds towards the continued upkeep of the hives.

Thanks to the scorching summer this year, a huge crop is expected. The honey will be packaged and sold to residents at £4.50 per jar.

The bees have continued to be popular with the community. As well as adding to the biodiversity on the urban estate, the beehives are contributing to the environment by giving a home to our declining bee population. Bees are incredibly important, not just for the UK, but for the global environment, as they pollinate most of plants which we all rely on to survive.

Lillington honey has a unique and floral flavour. The bees collect pollen from the many plants and flowers in resident’s allotments, balconies, trees and gardens on the estate. They can fly up to a three-mile radius, which means they also collect pollen from the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Jim Myers, Head Gardener, talks to us about how the beehives are looked after:


The jars of honey will available to buy in mid-September 2019 from the Westminster Housing south area service centre, 137 Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3HE priced at £4.50. The money will be used to continue to look after the beehives at Lillington and Longmoore estate. We’ll be bringing you an update in early September 2019.