Bees for London university roof

The University of London has installed two beehives on the roof of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, part of the University’s School of Advanced Study.

The 10,000 bees should grow to a colony of 50,000 over the course of the year.

The project is led by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and funded by the University’s caterers, ARAMARK, who are planning to harvest the honey.

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies director Jules Winterton said: 

"Although this is a small contribution towards saving the honeybee, it will make a positive impact on our environment in Bloomsbury. The roof of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies provides a perfect location for urban bees and we are very glad to be able to make this space available for the project."

Camden Council cabinet member for communities and culture councillor Tulip Siddiq said:

"Bees are an essential part of life in the United Kingdom and I’m pleased that we are encouraging more of them to come to Camden. Studies show that our furry friends contribute £1.8bn to the economy through their crop cultivation in this country. Humans are more dependant on these black and gold creatures than many people will realise."

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