As concern for the environment is growing stronger by the day, so is the hype around this eco-friendly trend.
Across the green rooftops of London, more beehives are being introduced to these sky-high farms, creating a buzz that has spread across the whole of the UK. It has recently come to light that the bee population has come in to decline over the past few years, leading to businesses and governments installing hives across popular buildings such as London Stock Exchange, Fortnum and Mason and even the Scottish Parliament building.
Despite common concern, the bees handle the height with ease and undergo a routine seasonal management, such as hive inspections and honey harvesting. However, each Spring, beekeepers manage the natural part of the bee’s life cycle, where the colony divides to reproduce. When leaving the colony, these swarms usually have up to 10,000 bees, potentially exposing the public to the risk of encountering them.
Other than leaving the rare unpleasant sting, bees are generally harmless and in fact, our ecosystems are heavily dependent on them. A third of the world’s food production relies upon bees as they pollinate 75% of the leading crops. Mark Patterson from London Beekeepers Association says that swarms often rise and settle in higher areas. Patterson recalled events of abseiling down buildings, calling in the fire brigade and even using window-washing platforms to collect swarms of bees across London’s high-rise hives. As the bees are maintained in high areas, the public is considered safe from any possible risks.