Paris’ Hidden Rooftop Beehives
You may be surprised to find out that many of the famous buildings you visit in Paris have beehives hidden on their rooftops. Beehives are on rooftops all over Paris, with some passionate Parisians even installing hives in their offices and on apartment balconies. The French are passionate about greening their city, maintaining animal and insect diversity and teaching their children ecology. Anne Hidalgo, the French mayor of Paris announced last year (2015) that as part of the city’s Smart City Policy many of its inner city bus shelters will have better displays consuming less energy, have solar panels installed and have flowers and vegetation planted on the roof. I love the idea that these shelters will reduce energy consumption whilst encouraging insect diversity and adding beauty to a city environment.