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Legal & General colleagues are buzzing about their bees

Two beehives have been introduced at L&G’s Hove City Park offices to support biodiversity

20 Jul 2020

Around 20,000 bees have made a new home in the grounds of Legal & General in Hove.

The financial services company, whose offices are situated next to Hove Park, introduced the two beehives to help support biodiversity as part of its commitment to address climate change.

Kate Doubtfire, Environment Consultant at L&G, said: “We’ve been working hard to make a positive impact on the environment, whether it’s through our carbon reduction targets, supporting biodiversity or reducing plastic consumables in our offices."

“In Hove, we’ve enhanced the grounds around the office by planting new pollinator-attractive flowers such as lavender and fruit trees to promote friendly environment for colleagues and wildlife. Along with a new home, the bees get special care from Brighton and Lewes beekeepers and can take full advantage of all the new plants around the office and Hove Park.”

Since the 1990s, bees have been in decline and three types have become extinct due to pesticides and climate change.

Bees play a vital role in contributing to a healthy ecosystem which is essential for our overall well-being as it affects the water we drink, air we breathe and food we eat.

Kate added: “Bees are famous for being the ‘world’s most important pollinator’, aiding with plant reproduction so caring for them is the least we can do."

“Having the bees on site is a great opportunity to get people talking about environmental issues including loss of biodiversity, climate change and think of other ways we can reduce our carbon footprint.”

The introduction of the beehives is just one of the ways the company is investing in its community. This month work started on its build to rent scheme in Brighton which will bring office space and more than 200 homes to the city.

This is the first such scheme the city has seen, including 209 high quality and well-designed homes of different sizes, and it will play an important role in supporting Brighton’s increasing housing demands.