Drogheda-based Boyne Valley Honey has partnered up with AIB to create a rooftop apiary on top of the bank’s Ballsbridge offices.
The apiary will consist of over 200,000 honeybees and will be the first of its kind in Ireland. Similar rooftop initiatives are popular in other urban areas worldwide and have become a common fixture on commercial buildings in places like Tokyo and London.
It is expected the bees will pollinate a myriad of flowers and trees within a five km radius of the hives and produce an average of 20 jars of honey per hive by the end of the summer.
Urban beekeeping has grown in popularity in recent years, partly in response to falling population levels of honeybees globally. It is estimated that bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food supply.
Boyne Valley, Ireland’s largest packer of honey, works closely with the Federation of Irish Bee Keepers’ Associations (FIBKA) to increase the population of Irish bees. The installation of the Boyne Valley – AIB Apiary was overseen by beekeeper Philip McCabe, President of the European Commission of Apimondia.
Boyne Valley Group President Malachy McCloskey, a Drogheda native who founded the company in 1960, said: “AIB Bankcentre is an ideal space as the roof is a perfect height, and the bees will be able to forage for nectar and pollinate the nearby parks and gardens of Ballsbridge.”