We continue our discoveries of interesting projects in Brussels with a story about BEES-API BRUXELLES. It is a story about making honey in Brussels and keeping beehives on the roofs of our city. After all, it is a story of sustainability and creating good quality local products.
It all started in 2013 with Neset, a former student at the veterinary school, who installed two beehives in his garden in Brussels. The reason was that the trees had stopped bearing fruit due to the lack of pollination. At the time, he didn’t know much about beekeeping, but he was quickly fascinated and seduced by these elegant and dangerous little beasts. In a short time, this interest led him to learn more about beekeeping and to meet other beekeepers, which allowed him to deepen and enrich his knowledge. After years of experience and trust, he finally created BEES-API BRUXELLES and started to install his beehives on the roofs of Brussels. With its young and committed team, BEES-API BRUXELLES now produces local, natural and high quality honey and thus contributes to the preservation of nature.
How does it work?
We want to ensure the well-being of bees, respect for the environment and the exercise of responsible beekeeping. We also want to provide local honey and quality products to our customers. Before the sale, each harvest is analyzed. We harvest our honeys at full maturity. We do not mix or heat our honeys. We also ensure that they are stored in the best conditions in order to retain all of its beneficial properties. We educate the public on the importance of bees and the impact that these insects have on our food (ensuring 85% of pollination).
Thanks to the sponsorship system, we plant 16 trees per year per hive. By sponsored hive, we offer our customers a sachet of seeds of honey plants in order to promote biodiversity and enrich the variety of plants to contribute to the good development of bees. For businesses, by adopting a beehive you strengthen your brand image and moreover you assert your environmental concern which allows you to stand out from your competitors or partners.
The goal of this project is to encourage and defend the principles of an urban beekeeping that is responsible and respectful of bees and the environment. We want to make the public aware of the importance of green spaces in urban areas and the danger of the pesticides used.
Our ambition is to find an appropriate space to be able to welcome the public and organize open days around the hives and the bees. We also want to familiarize citizens with bees in order to promote an urban environment where dense vegetation, shared gardens, vegetable gardens, urban farms and insects will mix. We will also teach and educate the younger generation in schools to create a more responsible and more respectful of nature.