Admiral Hardy’s Bees
A couple of people have been asking me about the little colony of beehives that nestle inside the railings surrounding Admiral Hardy’s tomb.
No – I have no idea whose bees they are – the hotel’s? I can’t imagine that, unless a particularly keen bellhop is a passionate part-time apiarist who’s persuaded them to serve up Greenwich Honey with guests’ breakfasts. My best guess is the Greenwich Foundation, though who the keeper is, I don’t know. Maybe the Greenwich Honey will turn up in the Discovery Centre giftshop at inflated prices.
At first I was a bit iffy about the hives sharing space with the graves, but they’ve sort of grown on me and I rather like them now. I wonder if Devenport House will let a little wildness into that area now – perhaps a bit of longer grass, or some wildflowers?
I really like the idea of beehives in urban areas. They’re terribly trendy in London just now – every so often there’s a slow-news-day story about people in high-rise flats having a beehive on their roof or something (slow-news day at Phantom Towers? nah…) . We even have our own local beekeepers supply shop, which I keep meaning to visit. Does anyone know any more about these – or of any other Greenwich beehives in interesting places?
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