lauantai 30. kesäkuuta 2012

A few months back I read an article about the Fortnum and Mason bees 'The Life of Bees'. It was an extraordinary read and it really made me laugh and hope I could reborn as one of the Fortnum's luxury bees in my next life :) The beehives are designed by the Fortnum's sweet grocery buyer Jonathan Miller and have been decorated according to distinctive achitectural style -Roman, Mughal, Chinese and Gothic - and painted of eau de nil colourand finished off with gold details. Oh my goodness.

However, the Fortnum's bees are not the only buzzers who live in rather central locations and have the privledge to enjoy fantastic views. The Paris opera house, Palais Garnier, also accommodates a number of beehives on the top of the its rooftops. NY City's the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel has reserved the hotel's roofs for beehives (and 250 000 bee-residents) too, and, Chicago City Hall, Cultural centre and Garfield Park Conservatory have hundreds of thousands of bees buzzing around their rooftop set beehives days in days out.

Funnily enough, as I kept on reading about this phenomenon, it turned out that it has definitely not only been individuals, environmental organisations and city coucils encouraging the practice of keeping bees in cities and other urban areas. Within the past years also corporations and institutions such as Cisco, Philips and LVMH group's Guerlain and Luis Vuitton have started to contribute helping to bring the bee population back to a healthy level through various beekeeping corporate environmental and social responsibility projects and schemes too. 

Well done! Makes me wating to join a beekeeping charity now too!

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