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Liverpool ONE abuzz thanks to new beehives

Liverpool ONE abuzz thanks to new beehives

More than 80,000 bees have made Liverpool ONE their new home after the retail destination installed two special urban apiaries on one of its roofs.

The beehives have been built on the roof above Barclays, overlooking Lord Street in the city centre, while two ‘bug hotels’ have been brought in to Chavasse Park.

The new additions are part of our ongoing commitment to becoming ‘greener’, with this latest initiative playing a role in nurturing biodiversity in the local environment.

Each of the hives, which will be managed and maintained by horticultural experts Nurture, house one queen and approximately 40,000 workers, with this number set to double by the time they winter in late September.

Honeybees play a vital role in our eco system, pollinating flowering plants, trees and crops, and thrive in urban environments among plants and flowers in gardens and on roads and disused pieces of land.

John Beavan, training manager at Nurture, said: “We were incredibly inspired by Liverpool ONE’s other green initiatives and it has been fantastic to see the team taking a number of practical measures to protect pollinators. These include installing honeybees with their own green roofs, installing shelters for a wide range of pollinators, planting pollinator-friendly plants and ensuring that pruning timings are pollinator-friendly, too.

“One exciting aspect of this project is that many of the plants on the roof are also important food sources for birds and other wildlife as long as they are pollinated, meaning the new hives will have a great benefit for the local biodiversity.”

In addition to the rooftop beehives, special ‘bug hotels’ have been built in Chavasse Park, playing host to 12 species of insects.

Our latest arrivals follow its recent Green Flag Award for Chavasse Park, marking it as a quality green space for an impressive seventh consecutive year.

The international accolade is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is maintained well and has excellent visitor facilities.

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