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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”.

Canberra Urban Honey in the Canberra Times Wed 10 April

Canberra Urban Honey in the Canberra Times Wed 10 April

Canberra Urban Honey on the front page of the Canberra Times  Website

Canberra Urban Honey on the front page of the Canberra Times Website

Canberra Urban Honey in the Canberra Times Friday April 12

Canberra Urban Honey in the Canberra Times Friday April 12

Canberra Urban Honey on the Sydney Morning Herald Website

Canberra Urban Honey on the Sydney Morning Herald Website

Canberra Urban Honey in the Inverell Times -  Inverell is where the hives "grew up"

Canberra Urban Honey in the Inverell Times – Inverell is where the hives “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!

Arriving at Hotel Realm and lighting the smoker

Arriving at Hotel Realm and lighting the smoker

 

Hives are ready to go inside, into the lifts, up the stairs and onto the roof :-)

Hives are ready to go inside, into the lifts, up the stairs and onto the roof :-)

 

Canberra Urban Honey hives into the marbled lobby of Hotel Realm

Canberra Urban Honey hives into the marbled lobby of Hotel Realm with Peter Bell (Food & Beverage Manager)

 

5 star treatment for Canberra Urban Honey as the concierge holds the lift

5 star treatment for Canberra Urban Honey as the concierge holds the lift

 

Mar Sanchez (Facilities Manager) escorts 120,000 new guests into Hotel Realm

Mar Sanchez (Facilities Manager) escorts 120,000 new guests into Hotel Realm

 

Mar and Todd taking just a few stairs to the rooftop

Mar and Todd taking just a few stairs to the rooftop

 

The holding area inside the "plant room" before heading out onto the roofspace

The holding area inside the “plant room” before heading out onto the roofspace

 

:-) Mar and Todd walking a hive outside to their new home

:-) Mar and Todd walking a hive outside to their new home

 

Here is the Realm Hotel roof space - the most superb location for our Canberra Urban Honey hives

Here is the Hotel Realm roof space – another superb location for our Canberra Urban Honey hives

 

A new home for an orphan hive that was having a tough time xx

A new home for an orphan hive that was having a tough time xx

 

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.

 

Master beekeeper supporters of the Canberra Urban Honey project - my parents xx

Master beekeeper supporters of the Canberra Urban Honey project – my parents xx

 

Getting to work: our master beekeeper, my Dad, checks Canberra Urban Honey hives

Getting to work: our master beekeeper, my Dad, checks Canberra Urban Honey hives

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.

A master rural and urban link xx Peter Bell with my Parents Kathy and Len

A master rural and urban link xx Peter Bell with my Parents Kathy and Len

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.

Warm regards

Carmen and the Honey Delight family

:-)

 

 

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