13th Nov, 2019

New honey, ginger and banana ice creams at Droitwich's Churchfields Farm will help save gorillas as part of wildlife programme

AHEAD of National Ice Cream Day tomorrow, Churchfields Farm, near Droitwich is launching two new ice cream flavours using ‘Gorilla Honey’ to support a gorilla conservation programme.

Gorilla Honey was established to support Rwandan beekeepers and promote the conservation of mountain gorillas through the sale of pure filtered Rwandan honey, and natural honey flavours, to UK food and beverage producers.

Delicious Honey and Banana, and Honey and Ginger go on sale at Churchfields this weekend to mark the start of the school holidays and the opening of the farm’s famous Maize Maze.

Visitors can enjoy sin-free creamy goodness, as each scoop provides funds to help save the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Gorilla Honey was set-up by local food specialist Mark Blockley, and H2O Venture Partners, experts in building social enterprises in developing countries.

Their mission is to buy honey from the Rwandan beekeepers, who live around the forests covering the imposing volcanoes in the north of the country, to use in food production internationally.

The beekeepers are encouraged to remain outside the gorillas’ pristine forest habitat, which is also the source of food for their bees and which give the honey its distinctive flavour.

The scheme is also aimed at introducing new modern methods of beekeeping, improving productivity and helping prevent fires from wild honey harvesting destroying the gorillas’ precious environment.

In return, beekeepers receive a much higher income and a portion of profits go directly to the conservation of gorillas.

Gorilla Honey has partnered with Gloucestershire-based House of Flavours, a leading innovator in the food flavouring sector, to develop a unique natural honey flavour to compliment the pure honey sourced from the home of the Mountain Gorilla.

Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream is the first to collaborate with Gorilla Honey and hopes residents across the county will do their bit for gorillas by trying these awesome new ice creams this Summer!

Honey and Banana and Honey and Ginger, are the latest flavours to come from the local, family-run farm, which has won many awards for its creamy, light ice cream. The new flavours can be enjoyed at the Farm’s café or purchased in takeaway tubs to savour back at home.

Gillian Kerton of Churchfields said: “We have over 36 flavours of ice cream on the farm and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients.

“We love working with Gorilla Honey and House of Flavours, who have helped us come up with these new recipes.

“The honey has such a distinctively rich floral taste and aroma, it really does make the most perfect ice cream.

“Aside from the taste, it’s so rewarding to know we’re helping farmers in Rwanda make a livelihood, while protecting the precious mountain Gorillas.”

Churchfields will be offering numerous school holiday activities including the Maize Maze, tractor train rides, outdoor cinema screenings, family runs, parkrun, camp outs, baby raves and lots of children’s craft workshops.

Churchfields Farm and Cafe is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and between 10am and 4.30pm on Sundays.

For more information about summer activities visit www.churchfields-farm.co.uk.

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