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Jez's Notebook | November, 2018 Archive

How to be plastic free and sustainable – UPDATED!

The living sedum roof that insulates the barn, looks great and provides food for nature.

Such was the positive feedback of the first blog I posted back in November 2018, about how we go about helping the environment that I’ve updated it to include several other things we now do either daily or regularly. I hope you enjoy it! [May 2019]

I’m no stereotypical eco warrior or shouty environmentalist but we are often asked about just how we managed to go from not even thinking about the plastic we used, or the food we ate, to award-winning organic farm and the world’s first certified Carbon Neutral honey farm, with positive environmental impact at the heart of everything we do.

I hope these ideas, based on things we do and suppliers we use, will help you, too, to make a positive impact on the environment.

What Honeybees Taught Me About Leadership

If you’d have told me a decade ago that the secret to a successful, thriving and happy, well-balanced business lies in nature, I very much doubt I’d have believed you. Despite growing up in the countryside and loving nature with almost all my heart, I never thought that there could have been significant lessons of worth or value for humans in, for example, the work and life of the honeybee – let alone something that could be applied to leadership for the better of an organisation.

For the past 13 years I’ve worked as a keynote speaker at conferences and Behaviour Insight Advisor for businesses in all manner of sectors, from pharmaceutical to engineering and from defence to finance; small businesses and global outfits and with everyone from board level senior leadership to sales teams and even entire conferences where the maintenance and cleaning staff were a part of the message delivery.

In that time I’ve delivered training workshops, consultancy programs and shorter presentations to help leaders (“managers” don’t exist in my book; the definition is “to cope”, which isn’t a great start for inspiring those in your charge) develop cultures to make workplaces happier, more efficient and more effective.

When we bought the dilapidated small farm and set out on a journey to become honeybee farmers to assist in reversing the decline of the bee in Britain, I was vicariously afforded the privilege of observing these remarkable insects and rewarded with an insight into what prevents 80,000 honeybees, living in such close proximity (literally back to back) from