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Concrete beehive provides possible solution for sustainable beekeeping

Posted on Monday, 20th Jun 2016

Beegin Permanent Hive

Young South African industrial design student and PPC Imaginarium Awards finalist Ivan Brown hopes to bring about more stability for beekeepers and their hives through his uniquely designed concrete beehive. His Beegin Permanent Hive was entered as a prototype into the PPC Imaginarium Awards and now goes into the testing phase thanks to further sponsorship from PPC Group Services. 

Brown plans to produce 20 concrete hives that will be tried and tested via real-world implementation. Through this process, any remaining design issues will be identified and rectified. The hives will be distributed to a group of 20 urban farmers and existing beekeepers. Brown’s vision is to create safe and sustainable beekeeping practices in urban settings – empowering urban farmers with the means to earn extra income whilst ensuring the health of their primary pollinators. 

Sustainable bee population

Speaking of why PPC has chosen to sponsor such a venture, Daniel van der Merwe, who heads the PPC Imaginarium Awards, states: “PPC looks forward to seeing the impact of the Beegin Permanent Hive. We hope that it will have a significant social and environmental effect by helping to support a sustainable bee population.”

Brown’s forward-thinking beehive design offers significant innovations. Each hive will have two chambers that will be easy to access with the use of brood frames. Four thin legs carry the weight of the hive, and these legs can be placed in tins of oil to protect against pests. Furthermore, the permanency of the concrete can prevent the spread of diseases while reducing vandalism and theft.

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