Sainsbury's to open bee hotel in Winchmore Hill

on Wednesday, 23 June 2010. Posted in N21 Community




Whilst N21online's mission is to highlight new business and marketing ideas for small businesses, the big guys can't be ignored when they are doing something which is of real value.

Full marks to Sainsbury's for raising the profile of the problem we potentially face due to the decline
in our bee population, a vital part of the food chain and for doing something about it.


Sainsbury’s has recruited bee expert Robin Dean to set up and maintain a network of ‘bee hotels’
at its stores in London. The move is a part of the company’s initiative to help rejuvenate the country’s
dwindling population of bees.


Dean hopes that setting up bee hotels will help increase the ailing solitary bee population and give them
more insights on why the population has decreased so dramatically over the past few years. These bee
hotels are designed to offer an ideal habitat for bees to raise larvae, which are collected by Robin and
incubated until they are ready to be placed back into the hotel to hatch. The hotels will be situated on
the roofs of the stores that have been ear-marked for the network.


And in case, anyone is concerned about bee stings, Robin says: Solitary bees are different to honey bees.
They live in isolation rather than as part of a hive. They don’t make honey, so have nothing to protect,
making them docile and very unlikely to sting, so customers need not worry!

The first Bee Hotel is now open for guest bees at Sainsbury's Greenwich store and will be coming to
Winchmore Hill shortly. Sainsbury's head office has promised to let n21online know when it is put in,
so watch this space!


Here’s Robin Dean talking about Sainsbury’s bee hotels initiative:


Whilst N21online's mission is to highlight new business and marketing ideas for small businesses,  the big guys can't be ignored when they are doing something which is of real value. 

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