Visiting beekeeper Julian Barnard keeps and maintains beehives at Trill Farm in a mutually rewarding partnership.

Trill Orchard Honey is unfiltered with a subtle, delicious flavour derived from the spring blossom in the apple and pear orchards where the hives are kept, as well as the myriad wildflowers which grow naturally on the farm’s 300 acres of woods and fields.

The pear and apple orchards, featuring a mix of old and new varieties of eating, cooking and cider and perry fruits, were planted soon after Romy bought the farm in 2007.

Bees are essential for pollination, biodiversity and crop production. Indeed, it is estimated that one third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination - mainly by bees. Crops reliant on bees for pollination include apples, pears, raspberries, plums, cherries and onions. The sustainability of our delicately balanced ecosystems and ongoing food production relies heavily on the preservation of the humble honeybee.