Honey produced by hives on the roof of Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre mall. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

Vancouver Island’s biggest mall abuzz over sweet rooftop development

Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre brings in its first homegrown honey harvest

Vancouver Island’s bigget mall is buzzing about its first batch of honey.

North Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre has had four beehives on its roof this year and the co-operative efforts of the bees, beekeepers and others have resulted in a harvest. More than 65 kilograms of honey was produced under the care of partner Fredrich’s Honey, said Mark Fenwick, Woodgrove Centre general manager, in an e-mail.

“We were very, very pleased with the results from this first year initiative and look forward to 2020. A charitable giving plan for some of the honey will be considered next year,” he said. “It fits perfectly into our goals of sustainability and community building.”

He said the bees can forage more than five kilometres away from the hives and found “no shortage” of nectar in the area.

“The hives will over-winter on the roof and emerge next spring under the watch of a professional bee-keeper,” the e-mail noted.

Woodgrove is sharing 250-gram jars of honey with select partners and customers.

READ ALSO: 60,000 bees check in at Nanaimo hotel

READ ALSO: VIU students in Nanaimo have been busy creating haven for bees



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

COVID-19: Island crisis line calls rise as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening

Duncan school is first in B.C. to use new tech post-COVID-19

Saanich man dies from injuries after serious crash on Six Mile Road

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

House burns in Nanaimo neighbourhood, three people displaced

Dog unaccounted for after house fire Sunday evening

RCMP remind drivers of school zone safety as classes resume

As kids return to school, the police will be watching

BC Transit rate change, embarking rules shift into action June 1

Campbell River transit system getting a new day pass

Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools reopen Monday

A common model will see other teachers work four days a week in class then the fifth remotely,

Classes in Comox Valley to look a little different in June

School district senior staff has been busy prepping for re-opening

Most Read