The fact is that bees are an endangered species, probably also due to the overuse of stimulants and protective agents in agriculture. In cities, such agents are used to a lesser extent, which makes it easier for bees to survive in urban environments.
Therefore, urban beekeeping has become one of the possible solutions for the survival of bees, who return our care for them by pollinating plants and giving us sweet honey.
SKB – with nature in the city
By means of the "SKB - with nature in the city" project, SKB has joined the story of urban beekeeping wishing to contribute to the preservation of bees and care for their living space. The Carniolan Bees (Apis mellifera carnica) have thus joined us on the terrace of the SKB office building.
With the help of the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, we planted honey plants in the vicinity of the urban beehive thus providing the bees with the highest quality home in the urban environment. In this way, we celebrate 20 May, which was declared the World Bee Day by the United Nations at the initiative of the Slovenian beekeepers. It also coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, the founder of modern beekeeping.
The bee trail
The SKB bees are taken care of by the urban beekeeper Gorazd Trušnovec. We are proud that our bee house will soon be drawn onto the map of the Ljubljana Bee Trail. Ljubljana is distinguished by its unique attitude to bees and beekeeping in the urban environment due to the cooperation of companies that enter urban beekeeping and plant honey plants and trees.
The SKB urban bee house is also connected with Ljubljana's architectural heritage
While thinking of how to connect the urban beekeeping, nature and cultural heritage, which we encounter in Ljubljana, SKB decided to include architectural heritage in the designing and painting of its urban beehives.
The beehives in which we settled our bee families are thus decorated with architectural samples of pioneers of the Slovenian architecture, namely Jože Plečnik, Maks Fabiani and Ivan Vurnik, who left a strong mark on Ljubljana's architecture. The Center for Architecture Slovenia helped us with painting and selecting the motifs, while Tina Gradišer designed the patterns for beehives and Bea Avguštin hand-painted them.
Let’s observe the bees because we can learn a lot from them, namely how to be diligent, organised, perseverant and efficient but above all, they teach us by their example how to be mutually connected and how to cooperate.