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Buzzing from Bee Hive rescue

Getting a Buzz from Bee-Hive Rescue

Tree contractors working for Bedford Borough Council got more than they bargained for when they responded to calls from the public to attend a fallen tree. Strong winds had split the trunk of a mature willow tree along the river side footpath in Queens Park, causing the tree to fall.

 

However, on arrival at the location, the contractors discovered an active bee’s nest inside the trunk of the tree. Officers from the Council arranged for the nest to be looked at by one of the Council’s grounds maintenance team who keeps bees as a hobby. On closer inspection, the officer discovered the nest was both healthy and could be saved.

 

Attending the hive, the grounds maintenance officer carefully located the Queen so that the rest of the bees could be moved. Temporarily moving the bees into a spare nest and rescuing the hive, which has since been relocated within the borough, meant that the majority of bees were salvaged safely and the hive will go on to thrive.

 

Commenting on the bee-hive rescue, Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment said “Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and it is important that Bedford Borough Council protects these crucial insects and successfully rescues hives wherever possible.

We are very grateful to the members of the public and staff who alerted our grounds-maintenance team to the tree, whose care and attention has meant an active, healthy nest has been relocated within the borough.”

 

If members of the public are concerned about a bee hive we please ask for them to report it to the Council on 01234 267422.

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