Honey bees move into new home at Finzels Reach, Bristol

Posted on October 15, 2018

Finzels Reach’s newest residents join the neighbourhood in an initiative to protect the future of honey bees.

Finzels Reach is set to welcome its newest residents this week when a hive of honey bees move into their new home within this new quarter being created in the heart of Bristol.

In collaboration with local social enterprise Bee the Change, the honey bees will be introduced to their hive in one of Finzels Reach’s landscaped spaces near Cask Store, which houses 38 apartments within historic brewery buildings. A purpose-built area surrounded with trellis fencing has been constructed and the hive will be enclosed within.

The Finzels Reach landscaping team, Rockside Estates, has committed to no longer using herbicides for weed treatment on this site as glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide, is toxic to bees.

Gavin Bridge, director of Cubex, the developer behind Finzels Reach, said: “It’s important to us to create a sense of community, vibrant public spaces and a fantastic place to live and work here at Finzels Reach, but also a sustainable neighbourhood that supports the wider ecosystem.

“Honey bees pollinate a third of the food we eat but their numbers have unfortunately declined by 50% in the UK in the last 40 years due to the destruction of their habitats, disease and pesticide use. We hope the new hive will be enjoyed by people living and working here, and will make a positive contribution to the environment, alongside other initiatives at Finzels Reach such as the bat boxes by Castle Bridge.”

Heather Moore of Bee the Change said: “We have put in place bee hives in many locations including schools, community gardens and people’s own homes. We are thrilled to be involved in bringing honey bees to a popular city centre area where we hope that their presence will open people’s eyes to the plight of honey bees and why it’s so important to support them.

“By understanding why bees are suffering, and how they can be helped, the hope is that people can move towards a more sustainable way of interacting with the environment around them. If you can see the bees in your local park are starving due to a lack of flowers, you might plant more flowers. If you understand that the bees in your local school are suffering from pesticides sprayed on a nearby field, you might think twice about buying food grown with chemicals.”