Prague, April 5 (CTK) – Beehives will be installed on the roof of the Prague City Hall building and operated by a local bee keeper, the City Council decided on Tuesday, based on expert opinion saying that bees fare well in the city environment.
The installation of six beehives on the historical building was previously approved by experts from the Heritage Institute and the City Hall’s heritage department. Their only condition is that the wooden hives’ colour be compatible with the colour of the building’s facade.
Beehives can be seen in Prague’s parks and forests such as Milicovsky les, Divoka Sarka, Prokopske udoli and others, but also on the roofs of shopping centres and in the Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja.
While the number of Czech bee keepers has risen outside Prague in the past years, it has been on decline in the capital city.
The decline is due to the changing life style of Praguers and the developer projects mushrooming in the previously green areas on the city’s outskirts.
There are about 53,000 bee keepers with over half a million hives in the 10.5-million Czech Republic.