Now Multrees Walk is also home to four beehives.
Kinross-based honey company Webster Honey’s four hives are located on the roof of the Management Suite in Multrees Walk and bear the Multrees Walk logo. They contain a total of 250,000 honey bees, the neighbors of brands like Louis Vuitton, Harvey Nichols, and Burberry.
Nature’s finest pollinators, bees, can fly up to three miles and are now in a fantastic location close to Princes Street Gardens, Holyrood Park, Inverleith Park and The Meadows.
With the addition of Multrees Walk as its newest client, Webster Honey, which runs school and nursery courses, works with businesses and also has an online shop that sells its honey to a growing customer base across Scotland, is building its relationship with Scottish Shopping from centers and retail centers. There are already hives at places including the Cameron Toll in the capital and the Clyde Shopping Center in Clydebank.
In the capital, Webster Honey Hives can also be found at the Eden Locke Aparthotel on George Street.
“We are delighted to make the prestigious Multrees Walk our newest client and thank them for their generous support of four hives,” said Meik Molitor, beekeeper at Webster Honey.
“Our bees will be very comfortable here on the roof as there is so much green space to explore nearby. It is a misconception that bees only thrive in rural areas, because an urban environment with green spaces like the capital is just as good for them.
“Our bees have never had more luxurious neighbors!”
Finally, Meik said that in recent years, Webster Honey has been moving more and more into urban areas.
“We started with our hives in nature reserves, farm shops etc, in many different, quite rural locations, and we also had primary schools and kindergartens that they wanted to sponsor as well, as we have a special educational program for children where they can learn everything about the life cycle experienced by the honey bee. I go to the schools to hold study sessions over a period of time so the children can see the hive maturing. We have child sized bee suits that they can put on so they can open and tend the hive with me. It’s a fantastic learning resource.
“We have found that there are many uses for our beehives in the urban environment. The Clyde Shopping Center held an exhibition for customers to learn more about bees and why they are so important to the ecosystem,” said Meik.
“It also aligned with their goals of becoming a green company and achieving specific green goals.”
Webster Honey has also offered its customers the opportunity to take honey bee workshops, showing them how to take care of bees themselves. There is also an option to purchase the honey from a Webster Honey hive that you have sponsored to resell to customers or, if it is a hotel or hospitality business, for use in the kitchen.
Leigh Aitchison, Manager of the Multrees Walk Centre, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our 250,000 bees to Multrees Walk and look forward to providing them with a safe habitat on one of our rooftop sites.”