The Novotel Monte-Carlo inaugurated its first beehive on Wednesday, May 2, local French daily Nice-Matin reports. This is the first hive that the 3-star hotel has put in place. “This is part of an Accor Group environmental action plan and the goal is clearly to encourage pollination,” Guillaume Rapin, the hotel manager, told the newspaper.
There are already about a dozen hives on the roof of Monaco’s Coin and Stamp Museum.
“This approach is part of a partnership with the National Union of French Beekeepers. The goal is to show that cities are less polluted than the countryside, which are invaded by pesticides,” said George Restellini, head of the garden section of Monaco’s urban planning department.
Jessica Sbaraglia, the urban market gardener of Terres de Monaco, has four hives next to the Odeon Tower and will soon add six more. There are many feeding opportunities for bees in the Principality, in parks and gardens and on balconies, bee enthusiasts say.