Image credit: The Cooperative Group
Urban beekeeping is increasingly popular around the world, with many cities lifting bans on inner-city beehives. London, in particular, has made a name for itself as a haven for urban beekeeping—even if some beekeepers are skeptical about the city's efforts to fund inexperienced bee enthusiasts. It's not just the city government that is stepping in to support London's bee population either—in fact a major corporate-sponsored program is helping would-be beekeepers to learn the skills they need. I already reported before on how the UK's Cooperative Group—which recently launched a massive ethical business strategy incorporating everything from Fair Trade to renewables to organics—was promoting its Plan Bee initiative as a means to support the nation's troubled pollinators.
From supporting research into Colony Collapse Disorder, through distributing wildflower seeds to customers and its own farmers alike, to providing direct funding and support for amateur beekeepers, this initiative always looked like a major step beyond your average corporate outreach effort. The video below would seem to confirm this, visiting urban beekeepers who have directly benefited from the Cooperative Group's support.
It's good stuff. As a failed beekeeper myself, I can't stress how important it is to get expert advice and&mndash;more importantly—hands-on experience before you take responsibility for your own colonies. So good to see major businesses like the Cooperative Group helping to make that happen.
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