Here at centre:mk we are looking forward to welcoming a hive of bees to their new home on the centre roof in the coming weeks.
This comes as the latest part of our ongoing Green Roof project, where we are making use of the large rooftop surface area to provide green spaces and habitats for wildlife in the heart of the urban city centre. The roof already has a number of bird and insect boxes as well as areas of grass and wildflowers that the bees will enhance over time by pollinating.
40,000 bees will be housed in a hive on the roof in the first phase, with more hives coming later in the year. The bees will be looked after by local apiary, Mr Rob’s Honey, with opportunities for centre staff to learn beekeeping skills and get involved with the project. The honey the bees produce will be given away to guests, charity partners and staff.
Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk said, “We are delighted to be welcoming the bees to the centre! Bees are a threatened species that play a vital role in our ecosystem, and we’re excited to be able to provide a habitat for them to thrive in the city centre, on our Green Roof.”
The Green Roof is part of a wider set of initiatives we have introduced to be a sustainable shopping centre, including reducing energy usage, optimising waste management, and capturing rainwater for use in the scheme. Last year alone we saved enough energy to charge 11 million mobile phones by turning off their lights 3 hours earlier and changing to efficient LED bulbs.
We also have over 8,000 new trees and plants being added to our much-loved planters in the malls. The planters help to create a green and airy atmosphere in the shopping centre producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide and many guests comment on how much they enjoy the plants!