The Hive – Kew Gardens

  • 20 October, 2016


I went to a technical conference with the Society of Garden Designers last week, this being a new initiative for them, the first covering many aspects of trees, from drought tolerance to urban history; place making and legalities. The event was held at Kew Gardens and chaired by Tony Kirkham – Head of Arboretum.

To finish the day, Tony talked and walked us around some interesting trees in the gardens.

We were lucky to get a sneak preview of The Hive, a sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress the sculpture officially opens to the public on the 18th June 2016.

The Hive is an aluminium lattice work sculpture that was originally designed for the 2015 Milan Expo and set within a wildflower meadow reflects the activity within a real time bee hive. The intensity of the bee’s activity is measured by vibration sensors within the hive and reflected by sound and light emissions within the 17 metre high sculpture.

The sculpture will hope to spread awareness of the importance of bees as pollinators and how this directly affects us.

Just one of the roles bees play affects our food crops, with the 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide, 70 are pollinated by bees.

The Hive will remain at Kew Gardens until the end of 2017.

I’m looking forward to a proper visit!