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There’s a buzz about bees at ACC Liverpool

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There’s a buzz about bees at ACC Liverpool
Beehives installed in newly planted wildflower garden on ACC Liverpool campus

ACC Liverpool is marking this year’s annual World Bee Day by welcoming some exciting V.I.Bees.

Today, Monday 20 May, ACC Liverpool welcomed a community of more than 140,000 honeybees in two brand new beehives, each with its own queen bee.

Supported by Wirral beekeepers Sunlight Bees, the hives have been installed in a newly planted wildflower garden on the site.

The introduction of beehives and wildflowers to the site is an important development on ACC Liverpool’s sustainability journey.  The initiative is a bid to increase the biodiversity on Liverpool’s event campus and showcases ACC Liverpool’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Beehives installed in newly planted wildflower garden on ACC Liverpool campus.
Beehives installed in newly planted wildflower garden on ACC Liverpool campus.

Habitats in urban areas that include wildflowers, grasses, and flowering plants attract insects and other invertebrates like butterflies, spiders, and millipedes, as well as birds and mammals. Bees pollinate our wild trees and wildflowers, which support other insects, and in turn support birds, bats, and other mammals. By creating bee-friendly environments.

To celebrate the installation of the beehives and to mark this year’s World Bee Day, ACC Liverpool is appealing for suggestions to name the queen bees and their hives in a competition launched on ACC Liverpool’s social media channels today. One winner will be selected to name one of the queen bees, with the second being named by ACC Liverpool staff.

To enter the competition, visit @mandsbankarena and @yourecl on Instagram and X.

Staff from ACC Liverpool, Sunlight Bees, Sodexo Live, Civils, AWS and Kimpton at the newly planted wildflower garden - World bee day 2024
Staff from ACC Liverpool, Sunlight Bees, Sodexo Live, Civils, AWS and Kimpton at the newly planted wildflower garden – World bee day 2024

Members of staff enjoyed bee-themed refreshments at today’s launch and sunflower seedlings were handed out for people to take home and nurture before bringing them back to be planted in the wildflower garden in the summer. 

Eddie dos Santos, Director of Operations at ACC Liverpool said:

“We know how important it is that we minimise the environmental impact of our operations to do our bit to tackle the climate crisis. The arrival of these beehives on site marks a key milestone in our sustainability journey.

“They have captured the imagination of our colleagues and we hope the public will be equally excited by the development. We’re grateful to Sunlight Bees for their advice and guidance and to our ever-supportive suppliers who have made the project happen.”

Phase 2 of the project will be centred around education and awareness and there are plans to install a live video feed, which will be streamed on YouTube, so that members of the public can keep track of the activity within the bee colony.

For more info on ACC Liverpool click here.

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