A new partnership between a honey farm and a homebuilder is hoping to keep the North Devon countryside buzzing. Linden Homes has teamed up with Quince Honey Farm to introduce an innovative bee-friendly scheme at its Tews Lane development. The developer is currently building the first phase of 264 new homes at Montbray in Bickington. But in a bid to cause minimal damage to the exisiting flora in the fields, site manager Chris Braley has teamed up with Ian Wallace, partner at the South Molton-based honey farm, to create a home for bees too. The fenced-off area of field next to the development is bursting with bee-friendly flowers, and will house nine hives of gentle-natured Buckfast honey bees. Mr Braley said: We want to be known as a site that protects the environment, rather than being typically marked as people that destroy the environment and ecology. We developed the idea last December, sought Ians advice, and then its just developed and bloomed from there. Ian, who installed the hives last week in the protected area, added that the idea was a new one to him. We keep bees all over, but never on a building site before, so I was immediately interested, he said. It was kind of nice that a house-builder was thinking that way, rather than just taking fields away. Pollinating flowers and crops is the perect way to do that. The hives are owned by Quince Honey Farm, and the area will be secured and only accessed by a select few people. Linden Homes has planted plenty of bee-friendly plants around the site, so the bees can collect pollen and nectar and help them thrive as pollinators for the nearby countryside. The first homes in the Montbray development will see families move in this month, and 18 have already been sold. The development, when finished, will comprise of two-bedroom apartments, as well as two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.