Award-winning Rosebud Preserves launches a new product this month; a pure, natural and delicious Yorkshire Honey.

Carefully sourced from hives in North Yorkshire this clear, delicious honey is made by bees that have collected nectar from wild blossoms that include sycamore, lime and water balsam. These blossoms give the honey a subtle floral flavour.

For every jar sold The Bumblebee Conservation Trust will receive a donation towards its important work in helping to protect the UK’s bee population.

HoneyLRThe label on the top of the jar that mentions this donation features a unique bee illustration by Thomas Bewick, a famous engraver and natural history author, who lived in Northumberland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Elspeth Biltoft, owner of Rosebud Preserves, says: “We’ve been wanting to launch a honey for our customers to enjoy as we have some great examples here in North Yorkshire.

I’m passionate in particular about nature and bio diversity. We use a lot of locally grown fruit and vegetables in our products and protecting this natural environment is extremely important to us.

“For some time I’ve wanted to introduce a product that we could sell to support the bumblebees and other pollinators.

Our contributions to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust from the sales of this honey is the first of what I hope will be a range of products that we can do this with. I hope our customers enjoy it as it’s a really tasty honey to savour on toast, to sweeten hot drinks or even to cook with.”

Roo Cleland from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust says: “In the last 80 years bumblebee populations in the UK have crashed.

Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. We are very pleased Rosebud Preserves are supporting our important conservation work through the sale of their Yorkshire Honey. Their donations will help us to achieve our vision of creating communities and countryside rich in bumblebees and colourful wildflowers for everyone to enjoy.”

Rosebud Preserves has been making its jams, marmalades, chutneys and jellies at Masham, North Yorkshire, since 1989.

The company was started by Elspeth Biltoft and her founding principles, to source local produce whenever possible; to cook traditional recipes; and practice time honoured techniques, without the use of additives, preservatives or pectin; remain the same today.

The honey is available to buy online at

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