Bees are pretty useful. They pollinate a third of the crops we eat (a service which would cost millions without them) and are a critical species in the functioning of our ecosystems. Rumour has it Albert Einstein once said that if bees disappeared from Earth, the human population would be gone in 4 years. Bee numbers are dwindling fast but here at UAL we are doing our bit to provide them with new homes and foraging grounds.
July saw the arrival of 20,000 bees to LCC and the welcome return of another hive at JPS. These are in addition to the bees that already reside at Curtain Road and Lime Grove.
Bees arriving at their new home at LCC (Media Block patio)
Let’s hope these new bees settle in just as well as the current hives who busily produce lots of honey. In the past honey from LCF bees have been used to make cocktails, be a part of toast and honey mornings as well as produce just pure and simple honey, which you can buy on the e-store.
It may be surprising that bees in busy urban areas are so successful. But, due to the range and diversity of plants scattered across gardens, rooftops, parks and other green spaces, London makes a good home to bees, so here’s hoping they like their new place at UAL too.
The photos show the bees settling in at their new home at LCC in the Media Block patio and on the roof terrace at JPS where a planted area will be built to provide the bees with food. You can help out with this and beekeeping duties at the LCF site by getting in touch with Sustainability Coordinator Rosie Willatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to help out at LCC then contact the Project Coordinator Luke Wolski email@example.com.