If you visited the walk in bee hive on Leather Lane this week or if you've appreciated the buzz of a big fat bumble bee careering through your window since the sun came out, then you might be interested to know that you could become an urban bee keeper.
Urban Bees, based in Kings Cross, is part of The Co-operative's £500,000 Plan Bee campaign, which funds bee protection and education work. They are dedicated to bringing bees to the city and spreading the word and skills of urban beekeeping among people who might never have imagined they could get involved. Set up by bee-lovers Brian McCallum and Alison Benjamin their innovative project shows all it takes is bee love, a little back garden or a rooftop plus the right training and education.
With the help of The Co-operative, Urban Bees has now established 20 new hives on rooftops and in community gardens and allotments across London, and they will have given training and start-up equipment to approximately 300 people by the end of 2011. Could you been one of them?
The Co-operative was revolutionary when it began in Rochdale in 1844. It was a new kind of business. A business based on democratic principles, owned by the customers and reinvesting in the community it served. Today, The Co-operative continues to empower people to bring their ideas to life and keep communities thriving, supporting co-operatives, protecting the environment and respecting animal welfare.
If you're involved with a local project benefiting the community, working to combat climate change, inspiring young people or contributing to tackling global poverty, Get involved. Join the revolution. Visit The Co-operative Facebook page to find out more.