There’s always a buzz about Midtown. Our district is a hive of eclectic activity where work and play go hand in hand. A place that welcomes the wild. Where green is a lifestyle choice and social responsibility is a daily objective. We’re proud of our urban environment, our heritage and the legacy we’ve been left to protect. That’s why we’re committed to preserving our home for future generations.
As the first district to introduce beehives across the city, we’re proud of the positive impact we’ve had on our areas food chain and how we’ve helped protect the bees so vital to our survival. But we also recognise our help alone is not enough. That’s why we encourage our partners across Midtown to consider how they can play their part too, simply by planting seeds to feed bees.
Over the years we’ve done our utmost to ensure we find suitable rooftop environments for our hives. We maintain our sites: our professional gardeners nurture nectar providing plants and our professional beekeepers keep our bees healthy and regularly collect the honey – taking care to do so sustainably, leaving sufficient amounts for the bees to survive over the winter months. We share the produce amongst our partners and community, connecting our beekeepers to local cafes and shops. We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to use our harvest from beeswax and food wrapping to mead and welcome your suggestions so go wild with your ideas.
Walk through Midtown and look up. Count the rooftops above you and you’ll be surprised how many prestigious buildings across the city are now blooming rooftop gardens and some are home to our hives. The British Museum and Rosewood Hotel both have hives on their roofs. Le Cordon Bleu has a colony and pollinator garden on its roof which not only feeds the bees but also provides the herbs for the kitchen. Visit Conway Hall and you can watch a live feed of the beehive from the café, so you can watch the bees working hard while you take a well-deserved break.
And we’re not alone in our efforts. Our thinking is aligned with several other initiatives across the city such as the ‘Making a B-Line for London’ partnership creating a super highway full of food for bees travelling north to south from Enfield to Croydon. Raising awareness of the benefits of pollinating insects the partnership also aims to increase planting for pollinators across green spaces, allotments and gardens by promoting simple changes to the ways we manage our environment.
Whether you have a window box, balcony or a full rooftop terrace – we need your help. Bee-friendly rooftop gardens are popping up all over Midtown bursting with pollinating plants. Green spaces bring many benefits, from improving productivity to attracting investment. But could you plant some seeds to attract pollinating insects? Your roof could be a haven for the worker bees so vital to our food chain. Or if you don’t have a roof, our bee-friendly bike locks double-up as the perfect plant pots to provide pollen along the B-line. And if you’re interested in hosting your own hive we can help you with that too. We are the roofs that tell a story. We are Midtown. BEEWild and turn your business bee-friendly.