40,000 bees arrived over the weekend to take up residence in two specially constructed hives positioned 14 floors up on the roof of KPMG’s headquarters in Canada Square. The installation is part of a series of programmes across London and the rest of the UK designed to reverse the decline in bee population.
Head of Corporate Affairs and bee champion Marianne Fallon will be hosting The Big Buzz, a special welcome event for the bees next week for staff based in Canada Square, at which KPMG’s beekeeper, Brian McCallum of Urban Bees, will give a talk about the hive and outline how people can help to ensure bee survival in our communities.
Commenting on the project, Marianne Fallon, UK Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG said :
“This project is a logical next step using the green roofs which crown many of the buildings across Canary Wharf and is a great way for us to demonstrate our support for biodiversity in our local community. 90% of food worldwide is provided by just 100 crop species. 71 of these are dependent on honey bees, so the serious decline in bees in the UK is a threat to future food supplies. We’re keen not only to increase the bee population here in London, but also to encourage our own staff to promote bee-friendly planting in their own gardens.”
It is anticipated that once the bees have settled in, they will be busy over the summer months, gathering pollen from the green roofs in Canary Wharf and from Heron Quay Park and hopefully making honey for KPMG’s client restaurant Fourteen.
Whilst it won’t be possible for staff to visit the hives, KPMG is installing a ‘beecam’ to keep staff up-to-date on their activity and a competition is currently underway for staff to name the Queen Bee.
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Did you know....?
- The honey bee has existed for over 60 million years;
- There is only one species of honey bee in the UK
- Worker bees are female and live for 500 miles’ flying time
- By being fed royal jelly for six days, a female bee turns into a queen; if she’s fed for only three days, she becomes a worker
- Male bees (‘drones’) can’t sting – and what happens to their bodies after they’ve mated will make your eyes water, guys!
- Bees will not come out of the hive unless the temperature is above 12 degrees
- A bee sting smells of bananas!
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.