Fairmont Waterfront's 'Bee and Bee' Pollinator Hotel
Introducing the 'Bee and Bee'
Bee Butler Michael King, Executive Chef Dana Hauser and PR Manager Kristyna Vogel helped Sarah Common of Hives for Humanity fill the new pollinator hotel - the 'Bee and Bee' located in the hotel's 2,400 square foot rooftop garden. Each component tells a local story - the wood for the structure was generously donated by the Haida nation, fire bricks were collected from the Downtown Eastside, the logs were gifted from the city from fallen trees in Stanley Park; burlap was from East Van Roasters; the branches, bamboo and plants were all collected by Sarah from urban gardens across the city and the bumblebee nests were woven by volunteers using scavenged ivy, wool and leaves.
The Fairmont Waterfront partnered with Hives for Humanity in April of 2014 to place 23 mason bee houses across Vancouver, becoming the first hotel to host solitary bees. This project is the continuation of our work on the local Pollinator Corridor Project and is part of Burt's Bees Canada and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts WILD FOR BEES national program - installing 21 uniquely built bee hotels across Canada. Other important national partners include Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building and The Pollinator Partnership Canada.
Bees are the most effective animal pollinators on earth, but loss and fragmentation of habitat leaves hundreds of thousands of bees without space to nest. Spring is a time of renewal for solitary pollinator bees, which make up 90 per cent of the bee population and are responsible for the pollination of one-third of the food we eat. For the second year in a row, two iconic brands with a rich history in bee sustainability have come together to support Canadian bees and better their chances of flourishing this spring.
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