Thousands of native Irish bees have been introduced to the campus of TELUS International Ireland in Cork to mark World Bee Day (20 May 2021) as part of the company’s bid to protect local biodiversity. Working with beekeeping services company An Beach Dubh, two hives of up to 60,000 native Irish honey bees — Apis mellifera mellifera — have been installed at the Mahon headquarters of the leading global customer experience (CX) innovator.
The partnership between TELUS International Ireland and An Beach Dubh is part of an initiative to repopulate urban areas with native high-quality bee colonies and raise awareness of the importance of bees. It will also see the production of 40kg of honey over the course of the year.
Speaking on the installation of the beehives, Miriam Manning, HR Director at TELUS International Ireland, said: “Embracing the value of green spaces is a key mission of our Cork campus, and we are delighted to take that further by working with An Beach Dubh to protect native bee populations.
“Mahon is not only where we work; it’s where we live and engage, and we want to play our part in protecting and enhancing it.”
TELUS International Ireland is also part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, creating native meadows in the verges of its Mahon car park, berry bushes for birds and pollinator-friendly flowers in its famed garden.
Ciara Parsons, Horticultural Therapist at TELUS International Ireland, added: “As part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, the garden at our Cork campus is already full of bee-friendly wildflowers and we are certain our new hives will be happy and healthy in their new home.
“Our team places huge pride in our gardens, and the arrival of these beehives will make our outdoor projects more sustainable than ever, while enhancing biodiversity outside of our campus too.”
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