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The roof of credit card company, Capital One’s city centre offices in Nottingham are now hosts to some 160,000 bees.

As a member of Capital One’s green team, Stephen Goad says the organisation has challenged itself to play an active role in ensuring the survival of the honey bee.

He said: “We have 160,000 bees on our roof which at first may sound strange but actually what we’re doing is very important. Bee numbers are in decline and we see this as an opportunity to go above and beyond our environmental and sustainability goals.

“Our expectation is that the bees will integrate with local plants and shrubbery and, after a period of time, produce honey which we can then sell, with all proceeds going to charity.

“Our staff have responded well, recognising the value of the scheme and judging by their reaction we might have some budding beekeepers in our ranks!”

John Beavan, compliance manager at Integritas Landscapes, advised on the installation of the polystyrene hives and praised Capital One for leading the way in the city.

He said: “This is a very forward-thinking move by Capital One, the organisation is leading the way in natural sustainability by becoming the first company in the city to play host to bees and we hope more companies in the county will take up this ecological cause.

“The bees are expected to provide vital pollination in the city centre, aiding plants, birds and the wider ecosystem.”

Bees at a glance!

  • One in three mouthfuls of food is produced with the help of bees
  • Bees are worth £200 million to the British economy alone
  • Bees live in colonies of up to 80,000, with just one queen
  • Queen bees lay up to 2,000 eggs per day and can live for up to six years, compared to just six weeks for worker bees
  • One honey bee would need to fly the equivalent of twice around the world to produce a jar of honey
  • Honey bees do a waggle dance to show the other bees where food is
  • Bee-friendly flowers include foxgloves, lavender, forget-me-nots, heather and thyme

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