Start-up of the week: Gillespie Park honey is creating a buzz

The Garden Classroom honey made in Gillespie Park

The Garden Classroom honey made in Gillespie Park - Credit: Archant

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Islington. This week we speak to the guys behind the borough’s first honey.

A charity that works across Islington’s parks has launched its own brand of honey to help ensure its beekeping project sticks around.

The Garden Classroom launched a bee education centre in Gillespie Park this year thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant – and has produced its first harvest.

The 100 jars of the Islington Honeydew Honey and original honey were on sale in two local shops – the Newington Greengrocer in Newington Green Road and Mother Earth in St Paul’s Road – but the latter has sold out in just five days.

CEO of The Garden Classroom Marnie Rose told the Gazette: “It’s amazing, I think it’s the first time any Islington-made honey has been sold. It costs £6.95 but all the proceeds will go towards helping Peter Buckoke, our beekeeper, and the bee education project continue for three years.”

Those who want some will have to move quick, though it will also be on sale at the Gillespie Park Apple Day on October 16.

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