There’s a buzz about the place at Potter Space

Estates manager, Glennys Conlon, helps to add to the biodiversity on our business parks.

At Potter Space, we are great believers in protecting the environment.

Although all our business parks are strategically placed close to major road and rail networks, each is bordered by open fields and countryside making us even more mindful of how our locations need to minimise the impact on the environment.

We were therefore extremely proud when we received an International Green Apple award for Unit 52 in Ripon, our first carbon-neutral industrial unit, which features solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking. This has provided an excellent template for future units as the strategy to develop eco-friendly buildings across all five of our business parks continues apace.

We also take great pride in the environment for our customers, with each of the business parks neatly landscaped with picnic and rest areas.

Having ticked these boxes, my next thoughts turned to biodiversity.

Most are aware that bee populations around the world have been shrinking and there has been a serious decline in Britain for the last fifty years. That is why there have been several initiatives this year to help save the bee.

With our rural locations featuring hedgerows and wildflower meadows, I thought they would provide the perfect home for bees.

I therefore spoke to each site team and asked them to contact the local Beekeepers Association to see if they would provide us with hives.

It has been a huge success with all but Potter Space Ely, to date, having beehives on site.

Well done to Andy Jeynes for securing two hives at Droitwich, and Dave Morrill organising four hives for Selby. Our customer in Knowsley, Suez Recycling and Recovery, have now installed two hives. And big congratulations to Paul Hutchinson (MES), as we now have five hives in Ripon, with the potential of more to come.

Now we can sit back and wait for some gorgeous honey.

Photograph: Glennys Conlon and Alex Carter of Potter Space with bee expert Jonny Light.


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