Glasgow’s own plan Bee

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Councillor Matheson and PlanBee Ltd director Warrne Bader with some of the bees which have moved into the City Chambers hives.

Councillor Matheson and PlanBee Ltd director Warrne Bader with some of the bees which have moved into the City Chambers hives.

Glasgow’s plan B has nothing to do with the Referendum!  It is the Council’s strategy to increase the population of honeybees in the city. Around 120,000 bees have been installed in two insulated beehives on the roof of Glasgow City Chambers.

Vital in the food chain, this kind of bee is under threat because of pesticides and climate change.

Council Leader Gordon Matheson – who is also chair of Sustainable Glasgow – said: “Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat and also pollinate trees which helps reduce air pollution by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Numbers have dropped dramatically so Sustainable Glasgow is helping reverse that decline by installing these hives.

“I hope the bees will flourish and help us ensure Glasgow remains a Dear Green Place for generations to come.”

PlanBee Ltd is the company which provides the bees, the hives and the training programmes. Council staff have swarmed to be trained in hive management.

Bees can travel up to three miles to find their target flowers.  Said Warren Bader of PlanBee Ltd: “Glasgow is a fantastic garden city. Bees can be safer in a city than in the countryside where a lot of farmers use pesticides and plant monocultures (just one type of crop) which isn’t healthy for pollen production. In a good summer the bees can produce plenty of honey.” He added: “Unless you are a flower, the bees really aren’t interested in you so no one should be worried!”

Wax from the bees will be used as furniture polish in the City Chambers. What happens to the honey will be decided when the quality and quantity is known.

Glasgow aims to become one of the most sustainable cities in Europe by cutting carbon emissions by 30% by 2020 / 21.

Already it has a network of electric car charging points; solar powered parking meters; Green Wardens; electric vehicles in the council fleet and a Green Energy Services Company to promote and oversee renewable energy projects. The Stalled Spaces initiative has seen 32 disused spaces in Glasgow brought back into use as community gardens, performance space and locations for public art installations. This scheme will be rolled out across Scotland.

Next year Glasgow plans to hold Green Year 2015.  Twelve months of activities will celebrate the city’s green credentials and encourage others to do their bit for the environment. Twitter: @greenglasgow.

Another Govan by-election candidate steps forward

October 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The fourth of the 14 candidates in the Govan by-election to take up the social media invitation to contribute to this website is Charles Baillie of BRITANNICA the party for a United Britain.

Early in the campaign all the candidates were invited via the social media format they appeared to be using, to send 150 words setting out the first thing they’d do if elected. A former electrical contractor in the construction industry, Charles, 62, has been a candidate for the Britannica Party at previous elections.

Charles BAILLIE, Britannica Party

 

Charles Baillie, Britannica Party for a United BritainI would revitalise Govan as a hub for British shipbuilding. Britannica wants to expand naval shipbuilding on the Clyde, bringing the Royal Navy up to a level capable of defending the two new aircraft carriers under construction.

We need to build:

12 Type 45 Destroyers

18 Type 26 Frigates

18 Corvettes

This long term programme will provide jobs and prosperity for the local area and apprenticeships for young people.

We believe that the young people of Govan should be first in line for the new apprenticeships which this programme will create.

Our vision for Govan shows that British defence contracts are vital.

I believe that this is a practical and positive way to revitalise all sectors of the Govan economy.