THE resident honey bees at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s headquarters, Penallta House, are celebrating the first anniversary in their home.

Caerphilly County Borough Council is continuing to work with the Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company to help increase the bee population in the county borough, helping to fight the impact climate change has upon them.

As part of this commitment, the 80,000 honey bees that were moved to the grounds of Penallta House last August, will now be re-located to the roof of Penallta House.

Re-locating the honey bees to the roof of Penallta House will give the bees the opportunity to forage for plants in the local area and ensure the hives are safe and secure.

The bees will fly up to three miles away from their hive and each bee visits approximately 3,000 flowers in a single day, continuously visiting the same area until the nectar is finished.

The bees have improved the grounds of Penallta House through pollinating the resident plants and foliage and produced approximately 50lb of honey, which was sold to staff at Penallta House at the end of the year.

As part of the project, bee awareness workshops have also taken place in order to educate staff on the importance of bees and life inside the hive, as well as know how to behave around the bees.

Cllr Barbara Jones, deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance, Performance and Governance said: “I am delighted that Penallta House’s resident honey bees have flourished during the past year. These important pollinators are a vital link within the food chain, as one third of the food eaten would not be available without bees. Re-locating them to the roof of Penallta House will provide an even better location to forage from, as well as being safe and secure.”

This project forms part of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s work around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which came into force in April 2016.