BEST known for keeping Oxfordshire moving, the Oxford Bus Company has taken a diversion - now it is producing honey.

Bus driver and beehive enthusiast Barry Duke has produced a tasty batch of City Honey from a hive tucked away behind the bus-wash at its Cowley House depot on Watlington Road.

Mr Duke set up the beehive two years ago as part of Oxford Bus Company’s commitment to biodiversity.

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Following a season of bad weather, the hive did not produce a crop in its first year. But thanks to a consistently warm spring and summer the colony turned into a hive of productivity this year.

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The result was 29 jars of honey. They are on sale at Cowley House at £4 a jar, with all proceeds going to charity Maggie’s Oxford, which offers support to people with cancer and their loved ones.

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Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company managing director, said: “This is a wonderful on-going project led by our colleague Barry. As a beehive enthusiast he asked if he could set up a hive at the depot and we welcomed the plan.

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“As a company we’re committed to being socially responsible and embracing ways to enhance the environment and this is a great initiative. It’s also good to be able to support Maggie’s, a vital local charity which Barry decided to back via this project.

“The honey tastes fantastic and is the talk of the depot, I hope there will be plenty more to come in the future.”