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There’s a buzz about bees at ACC Liverpool

ACC Liverpool is marking World Bee Day this year by meeting exciting VIBees.

Today, Monday 20th May, ACC Liverpool welcomed a colony of over 140,000 honeybees into two brand new hives, each with its own queen.

Supported by beekeepers Wirral Sunlight Bees, the hives were installed in a newly planted wildflower garden on the site.

The introduction of beehives and wildflowers to the site is an important development in ACC Liverpool’s sustainability journey. The initiative is an attempt to increase biodiversity on the Liverpool event campus and demonstrates ACC Liverpool’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Beehives installed in the newly planted wildflower garden at the ACC Liverpool campus.
Beehives installed in the newly planted wildflower garden at the ACC Liverpool campus.

Habitats in urban areas that include wildflowers, grasses, and flowering plants attract insects and other invertebrates such as butterflies, spiders, and millipedes, as well as birds and mammals. Bees pollinate our trees and wildflowers, which support other insects and in turn support birds, bats and other mammals. By creating bee-friendly environments.

To celebrate the installation of the hives and to mark this year’s World Bee Day, ACC Liverpool is calling for suggestions to name the queens and their hives in a competition launched today on ACC Liverpool’s social media channels. One winner will be selected to name one of the queen bees, with the second named by ACC Liverpool staff.

To enter the competition, visit @mandsbankarena and @yourecl on Instagram and X.

Staff from ACC Liverpool, Sunlight Bees, Sodexo Live, Civils, AWS and Kimpton at the newly planted wildflower garden - World Bee Day 2024
Staff from ACC Liverpool, Sunlight Bees, Sodexo Live, Civils, AWS and Kimpton at the newly planted wildflower garden – World Bee Day 2024

Staff enjoyed bee-themed refreshments at today’s launch and sunflower seedlings were handed out for people to take home and nurture before bringing them back to be planted in the flower garden wild in summer.

Eddie dos Santos, Director of Operations at ACC Liverpool, said:

“We know how important it is to minimize the environmental impact of our operations to do our part to tackle the climate crisis. The arrival of these hives on site marks a key milestone in our sustainability journey.

“They have captured the imagination of our peers and we hope the public will be just as excited about the development. We are grateful to Sunlight Bees for their advice and guidance and to our ever-supportive suppliers who made the project happen.”

Phase 2 of the project will focus on education and awareness, and there are plans to install a live video feed, which will be streamed on YouTube, so members of the public can watch the activity within the bee colony.

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