January is always a good time of year to look back at what Urban Bees has been doing over the last 12 months and to anticipate the coming spring.
So, looking back to 2016, there were three main themes to our work:
- raising awareness about bees and forage through lunch ‘n’ learn workshops, talks with beekeeper friends at Kew Gardens in the amazing Hive installation, and expanding the King’s Cross Honey Club bee trail App (see the launch video here) which got lots of publicity as far a field as China
- maintaining bee hives for a number of clients and running ‘meet the bee’ sessions for staff
- maintaining solitary bee hotels and forage for bees and clients. And advising clients on bee forage throughout the year that’s suitable for their locations, from roof terraces to window boxes. This involves ongoing research for our Trees for Bees and Plants for Bees and other pollinators guides and trials of flowers, shrubs and trees that produce lots of nectar and pollen and are hardy, long-flowering, drought resistant and like exposed conditions.
Looking forward to this spring, we’re going to be working with more clients in 2017 to share our knowledge, advising:
- companies how to take steps to become more bee-friendly
- and improving London’s green infrastructure so the city provides more food and shelter for bees and other pollinators.
As we said in our 2014 Tedx talk, if cities become better for bees they are also more attractive and resilient places for us to live.
Watch this space ….