2 July 10
The University of Bradford has taken steps to help improve the population of bees by installing two working hives on its campus. Earlier this month 30,000 honey bees arrived to the purpose-built hive enclosure at the top of the amphitheatre on the campus.
Three members of University staff have been trained as bee keepers by the Yorkshire Bee Keepers Association (YBKA) with the intention that the staff and student community engagement in the project will increase over time as the bees settle in to their new home.
Hosting colonies of bees on campus is part of Ecoversity, the University's sustainable development initiative. With the new campus masterplan including more green areas planted with native trees and plants which will bear fruit, sustaining the bee population greatly assists the survival of Britain's plants and crops, as well as adding greatly to biodiversity.
Bee Keeper, Lou Comerford Boyes, said: "The arrival of the bees provides an excellent opportunity for staff and students at the University to learn more about sustainable development in a real and interesting way.
"As well as pollinating plants and crops, the honey and wax that the bees produce gives the perfect opportunity for staff and students to get engaged in the work involved in running a hive ¿ it'll be all hands on deck if we have a good summer! If we're successful we could be producing Ecoversity honey sometime in the Autumn."
The University and YBKA are in the process of setting up a Bradford branch of the YBKA here on campus.
2 July 10
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