Over the past few years, you may have heard concerns regarding a drastic decline in the population of honeybees. Bees and other pollinating insects are crucial to our crops and ecosystems (a third of what we eat relies on their pollination!) and are currently threatened by extinction. With the use of bee-killing pesticides and the loss of biodiversity causing honeybees to disappear, urban beekeeping has risen to popularity as a way to encourage the resurgence of the beloved pollinators.
What is Urban Beekeeping?
Urban beekeeping involves keeping honeybee colonies in urban areas. Great for both the city and the environment, the practice takes advantage of urban spaces such as rooftops to provide homes for apiaries. In addition to increased pollination in the neighborhood, urban beekeeping also provides fresh local honey which can be harvested for consumption. The taste and colour of the honey is determined by the types of plants the bees pollinate, as they usually visit flowers and trees within a 5km radius of their hive.
Hive Hosting at the TPH Head Office
As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental and social responsibility, TPH Head Office will be participating in a Corporate Hive Hosting partnership with Toronto Bee Rescue! Our office will become home to six honeybee hives, turning our ordinary roof into a hub for local pollination.
In addition to providing hive hosting services, the Toronto Bee Rescue is dedicated to the humane removal and relocation of honeybees in the GTA. Toronto Bee Rescue will remove swarms and colonies from unwanted locations such as residential homes and relocate the colonies to a more suitable area.
We’re so excited to be taking part in this new initiative. Stay tuned for more photos of our beehives this summer – let’s work together to save the bees!
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