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The Liverpool ONE Beehives

The Liverpool ONE Beehives

Thursday 20 May 2021

The Liverpool ONE Beehives

Did you know that Liverpool ONE is home to over 160,000 bees?

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.

As part of our commitment to green initiatives in an urban environment, we joined forces with horticultural experts, Nurture, and John, Master Beekeeper at Nurture in 2019, and installed two beehives on the roof above Barclays, overlooking Lord Street in the city centre.

Both initiatives nurture biodiversity in our local environment and are part of our ongoing commitment to Liverpool ONE becoming greener. Beekeeper John was so inspired by our green initiatives and our effort in taking practical measures to protect pollinators and was eager to get involved from the beginning.

Our first batch of honey

Our two hives house one queen and approximately 160,000 worker bees and have been with us here at Liverpool ONE for two years. In that time, our bees have been working hard and produced over 80 jars of honey!

two children holding a jar of honey

We recently welcomed St Vincent’s School to meet Master Beekeeper John, who explained all about our bees and why the beehives are here at Liverpool ONE. the children thoroughly enjoyed their experience and even got to make their own jars of honey!

Support the Pollinators

Keeping in line with our efforts to champion bee conservation and bio-diversity, our very own ‘Support the Pollinators’ project was launched in 2018. . The project encourages and increases pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources through the implementation of a wide range of practical measures, which include consultations with expert ecologists and careful consideration for any pesticides used.

Peter’s Square is the latest area to showcase a beautiful range of pollinator plants and flowers and we will soon be introducing a ‘Bug Hotel’ to Chavasse Park. This multi-habitat insect hotel offers suitable and attractive habitats for solitary bees, bumblebees, butterflies and ladybirds, as well as a wide range of other beneficial minibeasts such as spiders, parasitic wasps, gauze flies and earwigs!

Learn more about our commitment to the environment here.

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