Urban beehive rental creating a buzz
Want to generate a buzzing backyard? Try an urban beehive.
Urban beehive rental is a relatively new service that looks to boost the number of bees living in New Zealand’s cities.
The service allows normal residents, with no bee keeping experience, to keep one or two hives in their backyard.
Companies, such as the Auckland’s BeezThingz, offer rental packages that include a beekeeper servicing and maintaining the hives.
BeezThingz managing director BeezThingz said the company had been growing rapidly in recent years.
‘‘Our beekeepers can fully service the hive or help with management, it depends what you are after,’’ McCurdy said.
Herne Bay resident Stacey Mowbray recently had two beehives installed in her backyard by BeezThingz.
Mowbray has completed a course in beekeeping but said she still wanted help managing the hives as her confidence grows.
‘‘A beekeeper will provide support to us and we can give him a call whenever we need help,’’ Mowbray said.
She said her family crazy.
‘‘The Christmas gift at the top of the list for our kids is a bee suit’’.
As well as providing delicious honey, Stacey said bees play an extremely important role in pollinating urban flora.
‘‘Having more bees in the city is bee means increased pollination for fruit trees, vegie gardens and flowers,’’ Mowbray said.
‘‘We have always had an interest in the environment and to me having hives in the backyard is something we can do on a small scale to help make a difference,’’ she said.
McCurdy said the company has hives in some interesting places throughout Auckland City, including on top of the Langham Hotel, an art gallery, the CCS community gardens and several schools.
BeezThingz rents hives Marist School Herne Bay.
School pupil Otis White, 10, said working with bees is a fun way to learn.
‘‘It is great to learn how they to live and what they get up to everyday.’’
Otis said he got to try some honey from the schools hive.
‘‘It was the best I had ever tasted,’’ Otis said.
Ceres Organics also recently partnered with BeezThingz to have two hives installed at its Mt Wellington premises.