Beekeepers of the GSA


With the help of GSA sustainability and GSA’s Student Association the Beekeepers of GSA plan to set beehives on Garnethill in the near future.

Why do we want Bees?

Bee decline:
In certain parts of the world, bees have completely disappeared, the consequence now is that humans pollinate by hand. A man can pollinate by hand 30 pear trees a day, while a beehive can pollinate 3 million pears per day.

The impact isn’t only ecological, but also economical. If we replaced bees by humans in the USA, it would cost $15,000,000,000 per year.

Beekeepers lose 30 % of their bees every year in average.

Reasons for the decline:
Professional Beekeepers put forward multiple causes for this decline: Diseases, predators, pesticides, and changes to the climate.

Urban beekeeping:
Urban beekeeping is developing more and more, everywhere in the world, because bees find flowers and less pesticides in cities.

Bees are fascinating:
We want to learn more about this fantastic insect, about how intelligent a colony is, about their organization in the beehive.

Beekeeping is interesting and spreads knowledge. The Glasgow School of Art could give the opportunity for volunteer students to learn every year how to start keeping bees. We want Glaswegians to be aware of bees and understand the issues.

Learn by doing:
The philosophy of our project is to learn trying to make things.

We want to make the beehives in the GSA workshop. We want to think about the sustainability of the project, how to fund it, how to make it long term. We want to communicate it in a creative way and to gather people around a new activity in the school. This project is not only about beehives, it’s about designing a process, and to push it as far as we can, to make it entrepreneurial.

The image of GSA:
Every day in the GSA, guides lead visitor groups around the buildings. Glasgow is in the top ten of the most attractive cities in Europe for tourism. We want our school to give a message, telling who we are and what we want for our future, offering alternative ways of living.

Kathy Friend is our professional beekeeper, and offers regular and cheap courses in beekeeping.

Design Contests:
Design contests will be proposed to all the students to design our beekeeping vales and our graphic identity from the logo to the honey pot stickers.

Honey tasting:
Of course, our first honey harvest will be in summer 2016.

We are all excited about the project; more and more people join the team and give us hands and ideas. Don’t hesitate to join us if you are interested in the project or if you have any questions.

Bees in the City

Try the locals and the Glasgow beekeepers

Academics are studying bees in Scotland. The SRUC are where we got our bees from

Commercial companies offer individuals and companies the easy way to have an apiary and Urban Roots

Email John Thorne (GSA sustainability support) for more info, or visit BKGSA Facebook page