Here's a blog post from the Honey Club, where our Generators helped harvest some honey...
With Christmas now far behind us and everyone back into the usual work routine, the Honey Club thought now would be a good time to add a little sunshine to the January gloom and get stuck in with our honey harvest.
We kicked it off on Thursday by inviting the lovely people at Wolff Olins to come along and help prepare the honey comb.
Before we can extract any honey, the thin protective layer of wax has to be removed, using the comb pictured. The wax can be used for a number of products, including candles, lip balm and shampoo. This can be quite time consuming, but everyone got stuck right in and had a go!
Once the wax has been removed, the honey combs are then placed in this centrifuge (like an old fashioned washing machine!). This needs to be spun by hand until the honey makes its way out of the comb.
The next step is to filter the honey, to remove all traces of wax. We filter twice through two different sizes of sieve, which leaves us with the pure, golden honey we love. This takes a really, really long time!
On Friday we were joined by some Young Generators from Global Generation. First off Stuart, our Building Manager and resident bee keeper, gave them a tour of the roof garden and showed them our bee hives. The Generators are keen to find out all things business related as well as honey related.
Neridah giving a talk on all things Honey Club.
Now for the fun part! It was time to pour our yummy honey into jars.
Everyone got to taste the fantastic honey, which this year had a very elderflower taste.
We had some great feedback from the Young Generators after the event. Here are a few of their comments:
Emily Cooper, Wolff Olins
Photography by Wunmi Onibudo