Dublin Buzz: Dublin Bus introduces Beehive to Depot ahead of world cities day

Dublin Bus Depots Now Home to up to 150,000 Bees

by Gazette Reporter
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A new Dublin Bus beehive has been installed at Broadstone Depot, Dublin 7 as part of the ‘Dublin Buzz’ initiative set up in 2021 to help native Irish Black Bees thrive amid dwindling numbers in the capital and to help to build a more sustainable future for all.

Last year, an unused plot at Phibsboro Depot was transformed into a hive of activity to support natural biodiversity and combat the threat to the Black Bees due to hybridisation with non-native strains of honey bee.

Dublin Bus has introduced a new beehive to Broadstone Depot to help promote sustainability this United Nations World Cities Day on 31st October 2022.

As well as 257 buses and 639 employees, Broadstone and Phibsboro Depots will now be home to up to 150,000 bees during the summer months and from 20,000 bees during the winter months.

The Dublin Buzz idea was conceived by Paul Granger, Dublin Bus Mechanic and Beekeeper, who decided to put his hobby, and the land, to good use and further the company’s commitment to nurturing local biodiversity and driving sustainability.

Beehives located in cities produce healthier and more productive bees, as urban bees have access to greater biodiversity which results in a more varied diet and stronger immune systems.

Lennon Doyle, Dublin Bus Mechanic and Beekeeper. Picture Maxwells

These bees travel around the city and visit wildflower gardens and flower boxes and bring nectar back to the depots to make honey. The honey is then used to feed the bees, with some left over for Dublin Bus employees to enjoy. 

On his passion for Beekeeping and how the idea for the Dublin Buzz Initiative first came about, Paul Granger said: “After doing a beekeepers course and keeping my own hives at home, I wanted to bring my knowledge and passion to Dublin Bus where I have worked for over 20 years. The interest peaked with my colleagues too and we have all now joined the North Kildare Beekeepers Association to keep our skills up to date and ensure we create safe environments for the bees to thrive at Phibsboro and Broadstone Depots.”

Featured Image: Jemma McGuinness, Dublin Bus Environmental Executive, Lennon Doyle, Dublin Bus Mechanic and Beekeeper. Picture Maxwells

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