About 25,000 bees took up residence in the Lost Corner Preserve in Sandy Springs this week as part of an “urban beekeeping initiative” the city is joining, city officials said.
“The addition of the hives to Lost Corner is a win-win all around. The bees get a cozy place to stay, the environment benefits from the pollination, and our human residents are able to observe the marvelous world of bees,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a statement from the city. “We tell everyone that Sandy Springs is a great place to live and work, and the same holds true for our newest residents.”
Paul said the city plans to use the hive for educational programs. While not expected to produce large quantities of honey, Paul said his newest residents likely will provide a sweet reward in time for next year’s harvest.
Lost Corner Preserve is located at 383 Harbor Pointe Parkway. It was a once a working farm, the city said.
Below, Paul, a beekeeper himself, feeds the new city hive sugar water, according to city Communications Director Sharon Kraun.