Winnipeg City Hall abuzz with hive of new neighbours

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Winnipeg’s City Hall is usually a hive of political wheeling and dealing, but the building was abuzz Thursday with news of its latest visitors.

A controlled hive of European honey bees from local Beeproject Apiaries has taken over a portion of the second-floor roof for the summer.

The bees – who will forage on urban gardens, which include fruit trees and lilacs inside City Hall – will be part of two free beekeeping workshops that will be open to the public.

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“This hive offers visitors and employees at City Hall an opportunity to experience urban beekeeping” said city environmental coordinator Lindsay Mierau.

“Beekeeping creates a connection between agriculture, economy, and urban life, making City Hall the perfect location for our fuzzy friends.”

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The controlled hive is capable of producing 100 lbs of honey in a year.

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