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.