Insecticides, mites, decreasing numbers of beekeepers and a shortage of food in the countryside: bees are having a difficult time. Coen de Koning has designed an oval beehive which allows any private individual to keep bees in the garden. ‘The city provides a variety of foods for bees. This hive is easy to maintain, bees feel at ease in the oval shape,’ De Koning says. The Bijenkorf consists of three parts. The bottom part is where the queen lives with her hive. She cannot fit through the openings which open onto the middle part where the worker bees store the honey. The opening at the top allows the beekeeper to pour in sugared water when there is not enough food for the hive in winter.
Coen de Koning
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