Melbourne City Rooftop Honey
Did you know that ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel as some permanent residents on the top of the East Wing of the hotel? Yes, we have approximately 40,000 bees inhabiting four hives that have been put in place by Melbourne City Rooftop Honey! The bee population of these hives will eventually grow to over 160,000 bees, with each hive producing between 20-50kg of honey per year.
Current the hotel is working should to shoulder with Vanessa and Mat from Melbourne City Rooftop Honey to maintain the beehives on the roof of the hotel. The Rooftop Honey project itself was initially started by beekeepers in 2010. Their mission? To bring bees back to the city and suburbs of Melbourne in an effort to help save the Honey Bee from the threats of disease and human inhabitation. The project has received overwhelming support over the years from local businesses and the community alike, with over eight hives currently located around the City of Melbourne.
The beauty of this project is that not only does Melbourne City Rooftop Honey seek to address the current issues of sustaining the urban bee population, but it also raises awareness of the importance of bees in the environment. The honey that these bees produce is sold to the public 100% raw, with no additives or heat treatments – not only is this improving sustainability, but it’s healthier for you too!
Melbourne is not the only city involved in keeping the urban bee population thriving. Rooftop Honey projects exist in cities across the globe including Paris, London, San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong.