Beehive and bee hotel on the roof of de Bijenkorf Rotterdam

20 May 2020 – Today, on World Bee Day, de Bijenkorf in Rotterdam opens a renovated patio especially for bees. The rooftop patio was completely redesigned in recent months with various flower boxes, a bee hive and a bee hotel. Today, a beekeeper will place the bee colonies in their new accommodation. Bee boxes and bee hotels will also be placed on the roofs of the other de Bijenkorf shops in the coming weeks.

The hives and bee hotels come from I Love Beeing and The Pollinators, organisations that are committed to helping the bee. The placing of bee hives and bee hotels is not the only thing de Bijenkorf does to help the bee. The ambition is to have the bee removed from the red list of endangered species by 2025.

Justin Pariag, Sustainable Business Manager at Bijenkorf: “As part of our sustainability policy, we are committed to protecting the bee. Since the end of April, 80,000 sachets of bee-friendly flower seeds have been distributed in both de Bijenkorf shops and via online orders, enough to provide 50 soccer fields of food for the bee. In addition, in collaboration with EMS Films (makers of such films as De Nieuwe Wildernis and De Wilde Stad), teaching packs have been distributed to 4,000 primary schools.

To give this World Bee Day extra attention, roses grown especially for de Bijenkorf will be handed out in all Bijenkorf shops on 20 May.

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