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.
- 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.
- 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,