Liverpool ONE abuzz thanks to new beehives

Liverpool ONE abuzz thanks to new beehives

Monday 30 September 2019

More than 80,000 bees have made Liverpool ONE their new home, after we installed two special urban apiaries.

Our new beehives are on the roof above Barclays, overlooking Lord Street in the city centre. As well as providing a home to buzzy bees, two ‘bug hotels’ have been set up on Chavasse Park.

Both initiatives nurture biodiversity in our local environment. The new additions are part of our ongoing commitment to Liverpool ONE becoming ‘greener’.

Each of the hives, which are maintained by horticultural experts Nurture, house one queen and approximately 40,000 workers. This number is set to double by the time they winter in late September!

Planning for the future

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

John Beavan, training manager at Nurture, said: “We were incredibly inspired by Liverpool ONE’s other green initiatives and it’s been fantastic to see the team taking a number of practical measures to protect pollinators. These include installing honey bees 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. This means the new hives will have a great benefit for the local biodiversity.”

In addition to the rooftop beehives, our special ‘bug hotels’ been built in Chavasse Park. Twelve species of insects live in these hotels. Insects can shelter or hibernate during winter. Sometimes bugs will use them to hide from predators!

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