Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) is a hive of activity, and not just because the venue is preparing to re-open its doors to the public.
It is because the award-winning venue has installed a beehive on its roof, alongside its solar panels and the beginnings of a rooftop garden, in the hope of playing a part in helping to save the bees.
PAC director Janet Farmer said: “PAC is committed to seeking ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint, while doing what we can to support the environment, so when one of our team mentioned he kept bees, we thought a hive would be the perfect addition to our flat roof, alongside our solar panels.”
“We are really excited to have installed the hive and are looking forward to seeing how it becomes established over the spring and summer months.”
“Hopefully we may even be in a position to produce our very own PAC honey soon!”
PAC Chairperson of the Management Team Paul Jennings, who is an avid amateur bee keeper at his home in Pocklington, has gifted one of his hives to the venue and will be keeping an eye on it as it becomes established potentially with up to 10,000 bees.
Paul said: “With every hive that is set up you are giving bees a home which is the important thing.”
“Every home you set up for bees to occupy is something that helps the environment, hence the decision to put a hive on the roof of the Arts Centre. Hopefully we will get a resident hive of bees in there soon.”
World Bee Day, which takes place on 20 May, has been created by the United Nations with the aim of raising global public awareness around the importance of protecting and preserving bees and other pollinators.
Thirteen bee species have been lost since 1900, and another 35 are on the threatened species list.
The changes in seasonal weather are causing problems for bees in finding food and places to nest.
97% of our vital grasslands have been lost in the past 60 years, meaning bees have lost some of their most precious habitats.