Ur­ban bee­hive rental cre­at­ing a buzz

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

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.

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