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Cushman & Wakefield Birmingham gets a bee in its bonnet7th February 2013

Birmingham-based Cushman & Wakefield is aiming to give nature a helping hand by installing bee hives at properties it manages in the city.

The idea, which the company is rolling out all around the UK, is to help the country’s bee population, which has been in serious decline for several years.

It is thought that some of the chemicals used in intensive agriculture may be among the reasons for the decline, which has prompted warnings that urgent action needs to be taken to tackle the issue.

Cushman & Wakefield, a leading real estate company, has for a number of years kept hives at buildings it manages in Regent Street in central London, and has now decided to extend the project to the rest of the country, including Birmingham and the Midlands.

Last year the company installed hives at a building in 100 Temple Street, Bristol, and has harvested its first honey from them.

It is now poised to introduce hives at its first location in Birmingham, at the Colmore Gate office building in the city centre.

It is hoped that the bees will be introduced in Spring, with the first Brummie honey being produced later in the summer.

Phillip Taylor, who heads Cushman & Wakefield’s asset management team in Birmingham, said: “The honeybee population has been suffering. Despite the urban environment, bees can thrive in these locations and we can provide valuable support to our environment and natural species.

“Our tenants will be playing a valuable part in helping look after the bees, and we will be offering bee keeping training and equipment - many of our tenants in Bristol and London have taken up the opportunity.”

In Bristol, the hives have been established at the Aviva-owned property at 100 Temple Street with the help of Bristol Bee Keeping Association. They are on the roof of a plant room, which is three stories up.

Similarly, Aviva-owned Colmore Gate has a number of low roofs, which is where the hives will be located. If the scheme is successful, it is likely that hives will be installed at other suitable buildings in Birmingham.

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