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Plan Bee


It all began with an idea for a beehive
in the church garden...


We may not be the promised land, but we can flow with honey.
And do our bit for a threatened pollinator.
That was the thinking.

And then our good neighbour Sharon Cairns joined in.
Wife of the British Ambassador, don't you know.
And suddenly, fired by her enthusiasm, Plan Bee got
bigger.


On our doorstep we've got the woods and meadows and waterfront
of the Royal National City Park.
The first such park in the world.
What if we were to make the whole thing bee friendly?

Do a bee audit. Find out what's going on.
Take good practice and turn it into policy when it comes to
planting, cutting, land management - that sort of thing.

We shared the idea with a few friends
- Camilla, Göran, Jenny, Lasse and others -
and came up with this:

Our vision, as international citizens and diplomats
living and working in this
beautiful city of Stockholm,
is to start a conversation between the different
stakeholders,
such as

  • Norrmalms Staddelsförvaltning,
  • Kungliga Djurgårdsförvaltningen (KDF),
  • Kungliga Djurgårdens Interessenter,
  • Bin i Stan,
  • Sweden’s beekeeper federation,
  • and Stockholm city,
in order to encourage the development of a comprehensive
bee and pollinator strategy for Stockholm city
along the
lines of London’s B-line or Oslo’s Pollinator Passage.


And, before we knew it, lots of key people were on board.
And the city was taking an active interest.

”KDF is pleased to support this worthwhile
and far sighted bee campaign."

Gunnar Bjorkman, Chief of Parks, KDF

With guidance from Bin I Stan
and finance from generous local residents
the hive will soon be with us.

And fundraising for the rest is well underway.

We'll keep you posted...