Liberal Democrat councillors have offered an amendment to the City Council’s annual budget which would see the council establish the role of Civic Beekeeper and the installation of beehives on top of the Cambridge Guildhall and other civic buildings.
Photo: Cllr Colin McGerty hopes to place beehives on top of Cambridge Guildhall
The project would be a compliment to the council’s planting of wildflower meadows across the city in response to the biodiversity crisis recently declared by the City Council.
Cllr Colin McGerty, Lib Dem Spokes for Transport and Open Spaces said: “Pollinating insects, particularly bees are a vital component of how we address the biodiversity crisis. Yet, over the last hundred years, 13 species of bee have become extinct in the UK and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. I’m incredibly excited to be championing this project.”
The project would run for an initial 2 years and be delivered by local experts with input from Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association, who train beekeepers and provide expertise and education.
The suggestion received interest from Labour councillors at this week’s Strategy and Resources committee meeting, who suggested the council could sell the honey produced in the its Peas Hill gift shop.
The bid forms part of the Liberal Democrat Budget Amendment, which will be debated at full council on Thursday 13th February.