An eco-friendly addition to Brickhampton Court Golf Complex in Churchdown is creating a buzz with golfers.
Two new beehives installed at the beginning of April 2023 are giving 4,000 bees a safe and healthy environment to thrive, as well as creating a sustainable and attractive landscape for members and visitors — and they've been so well received, two more hives could be on the way soon.
The hives, nestled on the spa course, belong to Lester Evans, who is a member of the British Beekeepers Association and the Cheltenham and Gloucester Beekeepers Association.
It was a chance meeting between Brickhampton's events manager Jo Browne and Evans which resulted in the installation, after many conversations to establish how it would work.
The team at the popular golf course, which sits within 200 acres of countryside between Cheltenham and Gloucester, is keen to lend its support to building a healthy ecosystem through the pollination of plants and flowers to enhance biodiversity.
General manager, Damian Brooks, said: 'Everyone at Brickhampton, from staff to the golfers, have really taken to the bees in the short space of time we have had them.'
While golfers can't yet buy any of the honey produced on the golf course, once there is enough, Evans hopes he may be able to supply it to the golf club to use in its restaurant.