There is a buzz down at Oak Barn Vets in Surrey since the practice adopted 60,000 bees.

UK sustainability business Plan Bee has provided the bees, which are hived in the extensive grounds surrounding the 400 year-old barn that houses the Guildford practice.

Creating a buzz

Oak Barn practice manager Louise Ketteridge and Plan Bee’s urban farmer Brett Adshead tend the beehive.

Practice manager Louise Ketteridge said: “We’re delighted to be playing our part in protecting the natural environment and already the bees are starting to create a buzz with our customers. Many of Oak Barn’s regular pet owners have been asking how the bees are getting on and if they can try some of the honey.

“Our primary concern has always been the welfare of animals and that now includes helping to protect and preserve dwindling honeybee numbers. These vital little creatures are essential to all our survival and we want do what we can to ensure they thrive.”

The practice will also receive their share of honey from the sustainably managed hive – as much as 24 jars per year.

Bees need help

With their share of the honey, Plan Bee produces its premium Origin Honey brand with Brett Adshead, Plan Bee’s beekeeper in the south of England, tending the hive to ensure the welfare of Oak Barn’s 60,000 new workers.

He said: “Oak Barn Vets is showing a great commitment to the natural environment. The welfare of all creatures, whether it be dogs, cats, birds or even a humble honeybee, is paramount to them. They realised, like dozens of companies across the country, that bees need our help.

“This is a colourful and engaging way to wear your environmental heart on your sleeve and for businesses to encourage both their employees and customers to make their own sustainability statement.”

  • To learn more about the services provided by Plan Bee, visit or telephone 01698 580 572.
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