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New ‘Bee Hotels’ coming to Nottingham

10 new ‘Hotels’ for bees are being created in Nottingham, thanks to an Apprentice at Nottingham City Homes.

The ‘Bee Hotels’ are being placed in 10 sites across the city to help increase the population of bees in local neighbourhoods.

They will be installed in places like Aspley, Clifton, Sneinton and the city centre, with the first being placed in Lenton, on the new NCH Lenton Green Development.

They will go towards supporting Nottingham City Council’s Bee Friendly initiative, and are part of NCH’s Decent Neighbourhoods programme - which is about improving and investing in local neighbourhoods to make them better places for everyone to enjoy

All ten hotels have been built by one of NCH’s Apprentice Joiners Carl Finn. It is all part of his apprenticeship - teaching him joinery skills that he can then later use when working on peoples homes.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “The bee population is declining and we have been looking at ways to prevent this from happening in our local neighbourhoods.

“Not only have these been built by our talented apprentice Carl, but NCH tenants have been vital in deciding the locations of these hotels and have welcomed our plans to make estates more bee friendly. Plus this is all part of a wider push to improve the natural environment of our neighbourhoods.”

Nick Murphy, joined ward councillors, the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, Sally Longford and some local residents for a socially distant launch and installation of the first ‘Bee Hotel’ in Lenton this week.

Sally Longford, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham is a “Bee Friendly” city and we have worked hard to try and increase the population in the city.

“We have pledge to increase bee-friendly environments in all 20 city wards and these new ‘Bee Hotels’ from NCH will help towards us reaching our goal - which is creating even more inviting places for bees to make their home in the city.”