19 May 2023
Corporate News

Making a beeline for sustainability in Shotton


Steelworkers at Tata Steel in Shotton are preparing to welcome a new colony of bees housed in hives on one of the site’s many green spaces as part of the company’s commitment to biodiversity.

Bee hives

The site is already famous for hosting nesting sites for one of the UK’s most important visiting sea birds, the common tern—in fact it used to be the logo for the site. 

Works Manager Bill Duckworth said, “We have recognised that true sustainability requires a holistic approach, so our own commitment includes reducing our site’s carbon footprint, developing and producing products and services that support sustainable construction, protecting and expanding the biodiversity that co-exists on our site, and maximising our material efficiency and achieving zero onsite waste.” 

“We are super excited about this new project coming to Shotton, which is already known within Tata Steel as our steel works with most green spaces. We hope the bees will be very happy here – we might even get some Shotton honey from them!”

Simon Fielding who is  part of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association and is also a member and tutor at the Flintshire & District Bee Keeping Association, recently visited the site and hosted some introductory sessions on bees and bee-keeping.

He said: “Bees are an excellent indicator of an area's blooming biodiversity and they help pollinate flowers and trees which in turn provide food and shelter for other wildlife.”


For further information: 

Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com  or 

Abigail Thomas on +44 (0) 7435 411267 abigail.thomas@tatasteeleurope.com


NOTES: A video explaining Shotton’s sustainability commitment is available here Shotton steelworks’ commitment to sustainability 

Richard Owen, Technical Liaison Manager Tata Steel with Simon Fielding from the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association.jpg
Richard Owen, Technical Liaison Manager Tata Steel with Simon Fielding from the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association


About Tata Steel UK

  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 
  • The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.

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