There's a real buzz at QHotels, The Queens, after four Honey Bee
colonies (20,000 bees) were welcomed to the rooftop of the city
centre hotel last week.
Following the recent news that in the past 100 years there has
been around a 75% decrease in the number of bee hives in the UK*,
the hotel group made the decision to welcome the new guests in an
attempt to combat the fall in numbers and honey.
Honey bees can positively impact a local area by benefitting wild
life and increasing pollination which can lead to green space
enhancement. There's even a chance that the new addition will allow
the hotel to purchase any locally produced honey made by the
General Manager at The Queens, Ivar Van Diepen, said "We were
really excited when we found out we'd passed all necessary
requirements and were able to keep the bees at The Queens; they are
certainly a different type of hotel guest than we are used to. We
take environmental issues very seriously and with news that the bee
population is facing extinction, we thought there was no better
time to welcome them. It really will be an added bonus if we're
able to let hotel guests enjoy locally produced honey as a
The beehives will be managed and monitored closely by local
Beekeepers Chris Barlow and Martin Evans who are members of Leeds
Beekeepers Association. It is estimated if the bees settle, The
Queens could be home to 40,000 bees.
The iconic Queens, one of QHotels 21 unique hotels, presides over
the city of Leeds from its enviable central position adjacent to
the train station. Art deco heritage meets modern four-star luxury
in this hotel which effortlessly blends traditional character with
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