I had a very long overdue visit to Kew Gardens, and this was the perfect sunny day for it. Although I spent a few hours wondering around and visiting the glasshouses, the main reason for my visit was to see The Hive, which opened to the public just a few weeks ago.
The design by Wolfgang Buttress is inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. It was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.
It is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights that glow and fade as a unique soundtrack hums and buzzes around you.These elements mmimic the real-time activity of bees in a beehive, giving visitors an insight into life inside a bee colony.
It is all about the story of pollination. Over the summer there are several talks, tours, activities and films that will tell the story of bees and pollination and help visitors understand what they can do to help.
There is a wildflower meadow leading the way to The Hive.
The Hive stands at 17 metres tall and weights 40 tonnes. It is an impressive structure, but the landscaping around it is also very interesting. I particularly like the gavions which hold the slope and act as benches.