Sweet Realm: Canberra’s First Rooftop Micro-Apiary
The Hotel Realm has come to the rescue of the struggling (starving) Canberra Urban Hives and we’ve got some “behind the scenes” photos to share of the Hotel Realm rooftop micro-apiary. In our last blog we covered how we were wanting to bring the struggling hives together in one spot and establish a new micro-apiary. The spot had to be sheltered, get plenty of sun and give the struggling hives protection from the winter wind.
We found just the spot on the roof of the Hotel Realm.
We created quite a buzz when we placed hives onto the rooftop of the Realm Hotel. It’s wonderful to think that the perfect spot for struggling urban hives could be found, and it was also the first roof top hive for Canberra. The story was covered twice in the Canberra Times, picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald, and discussed on ABC Radio. The story was also printed in the paper of the small country town where the hives came from, where they “grew up”.
We are so very grateful to the Hotel Realm for working with us to make sure these hives get through the winter so they can continue to pollinate Canberra vegetable gardens. Come spring, we hope they will be “fit, ready and able” for the important task of pollinating the fruit trees of Canberra!
We left the hives to settle into their new home, and returned 5 days later to check on them. We were fortunate to be accompanied by my parents, who are the major supporters of the Canberra Urban Honey project.
Dad was quite concerned by the lack of new nectar in the hives, saying they were at risk of starvation over winter. He was most impressed by their new location, and said; “It’s an excellent position, full winter sun, and protection from the winter winds. They should do very well here, it’s the perfect spot for them to recover from their starvation stress”.
It felt like a pat on the back when my Dad said that. So reassuring to know the hives are likely to make it through the winter.
It’s wonderful to have the support of the Hotel Realm owners and their staff. Thank you so very much for helping to save Canberra’s honeybees.
I’ve got to say, this project has become an absolute joy in our lives. Its incredibly rewarding to make connections between our rural heritage and the city, and to be sharing our passion for bees, honey and beekeeping with so many people.
Carmen and the Honey Delight family