A hotel for bees in the Serravalle park to help biodiversity

‘World Bee Day’ is celebrated each year on May 20, aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. Without them, human life is seriously compromised and at risk.

Hence the TOBE (E) mpoli project of the Municipality of Empoli which, through various activities, wants to invest in the well-being of the territory by protecting urban biodiversity and territorial ecosystems through the increase of urban green, the cultivation of plant species, the reduction of biocides, the promotion of agriculture and the protection of bees which play a fundamental role for humans and the environment.

“Api a Empoli”, this is the name chosen for the first activity of the Municipality in defense of bees, consists in the construction and installation of the Bee Hotels for bees entrusted to the SintesiMinerva Cooperative.

The first urban hotel to be built in the Serravalle Park will be handcrafted by the SintesiMinerva cooperative, which will have to deliver 18 sustainable shelter houses, with zero environmental impact, destined to become nesting and wintering places for solitary bees.

The Bee Hotels have dimensions 44 X 28 (base) X 6.5 cm, oak and / or light chestnut color. The materials used are natural: solid fir wood, poplar plywood; poplar plywood; domestic reed (arundo donax); various types of wood logs (heather, Turkey oak, etc.) and metal mesh with square mesh.

Also 18 signs will be provided and arranged in the positioning area of ​​the houses to explain to visitors, the purpose of the project and the purposes of the bee hotels. And the organization in September of a real ‘festival’ dedicated to the initiative is also planned.

The first of the Bee Hotels and its sign will be inaugurated on Sunday 15 May 2022 at 5 pm, at the Parco di Serravalle in the presence of the deputy mayor of the Municipality of Empoli and the president of the SintesiMinerva cooperative Cristina Dragonetti, followed by the presentation of the book entitled Green please – Resilience, recycling, sustainability by the journalist Ludovica Amici. Those who have materially produced the Bee Hotels will also participate. The event is open to citizens and journalists are invited. The other urban ‘refuges’ will be placed one in each hamlet accompanied by explanatory signs.

Maintenance activities are scheduled for late summer: the structures must be inspected to remove dead wild bees, replace pieces of wood infested with fungi and molds and carry out a general cleaning.

Among other initiatives, Friday 20 May 2022, at 5 pm, Parco di Serravalle: show for children “Let’s make the different (iat) a – Stories of waste. Recycling and water” with Mario Costanzi, which will have as protagonists the boys of the Institute Calasanzio di Empoli, a snack with honey at the Green Bar and the observation of the nesting tunnels of the Bee Hotels; Tuesday 24 May 2022, at 6 pm, at the bookshop La San Paolo books & people there will be the presentation of the book “The bird cottage” by the Dutch philosopher Eva Meijer, a scholar of animal languages, reconstructs the forgotten story of Len Howard, a passionate bird watcher. she was born in England at the end of the 19th century and captured since childhood in their world of flights, songs, indecipherable itineraries on the garden and the Welsh fields around her house. Showing an early tendency towards autonomy, Len eludes the female destiny of the time and leaves the upper-class family to become a violinist and perform in London orchestras. Until she, already forty, she does not understand which is the real course to follow: the love for birds. She then leaves the city, her affections and music to move to the countryside, in Sussex, and live in her “Bird Cottage” alone with the birds. In June, a date yet to be defined, at the Serravalle Park, presentation of Mati’s book.

As pointed out by the deputy mayor, Bees are essential insects for life on Earth. Through pollination, they favor the reproduction of plant species and guarantee the fertility of agricultural crops in the area. With this awareness, combined with the general phenomenon of the dying of these insects, we decided to invest with activities to protect bees and raise awareness of citizens on these issues. Well-being in the city also passes through these small attentions.

Source: Municipality of Empoli – Press office

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