So it turns out the bees in Greenwich Park have been sent on holiday while the Olympics are on. So as not to upset their eco-systems -and get in the way of all the pretty horses doing dressage and the like, presumably – 50,000 bees have decamped to a rooftop apiary in Covent Garden.
No, we didn’t know there were huge hives of bees just above our heads either but it turns out French organic skincare brand Melvita already have a few above their Covent Garden store, used to make products like their skin conditioning Royal Jelly Ampoules. Buy these capsules and a £1 goes toward getting their third permanent hive installed.
The fact bees are Very Cool has never been in contention and this news just goes to show you can’t keep a good bee down. Scientists keep telling us that we’d be screwed without them but, if you don’t fancy turning beekeeper, there are companies like Melvita helping you to do your bit.
We couldn’t talk about fashionable bees without mentioning jeweller Alex Monroe. He opened his first boutique, in Bermondsey, earlier this year and specialises in bees and other wildlife. He collaborated with bee beauty botherers, Burt’s Bees on one of his gorgeous necklaces. £30 from every sale goes to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).
Speaking of which, Burt’s Bees have also collaborated with Professor Richard Weston (they get around more than the Greenwich bees, don’t they) who’s designed them a cool scarf. It comes with a free limited edition body lotion for £170, every penny of which goes to the BBKA.
For bee print clothes, Oasis has some good bits in the sale at the moment. This dress is now £22 and the top is £35. And if you’re a size 14 you should buzz over to Asos, since they’ve got those Whistles bee print shorts from last season, reduced to £53 now.