In 2015, forty beehives were set up in the heather field of the eastern section of the park, in the heart of the estate. This protected location is propitious to the preservation of acacia and oak trees and, to a lesser extent, of chestnut trees. .
Installation of a beehive helps to optimally maintain the diversity of natural environments in the park and is aimed at increasing the number of bee colonies in the Val de Loire and the Sologne forest.
As a result and in partnership with the dark European honeybee conservatory in Val de Loire, Sologne and the forest of Orléans, Chambord is participating in an initiative aimed at preserving a local honeybee species known as the “black bee”, of which the long-term survival is in danger. These bees are perfectly adapted to their environment and constitute an irreplaceable genetic reservoir. In addition, the black bee is a component of biodiversity meriting preservation. Of all the different honeybees, it is the one that visits the most diversified array of plants; at times, it is their one and only pollinator. It thereby contributes to the pollination and conservation of numerous species of wild as well as cultivated plants.
During its first year of operation, the National estate of Chambord harvested three types of honey: acacia honey, forest honey harvested in June, and forest honey harvested in August.
The honey pots are commercialized in the castle gift shop and also, in Paris, exclusively in the Sébastien Gaudard pâtisserie – salon de thé of the Tuileries.