One of the main things we love to share with visitors to the RKH office is the location of our secret department. With well over 30,000 workers, this branch of the office is especially hard-working and organised. Situated on our roof, in the middle of Leicester city centre and sporting RKH brand colours is our apiary of bees.
So why do we share a residence with 30,000 little workers? It just so happens that our Director, David began looking after bees over a decade ago and is also a member of the Leicestershire Rutland Beekeepers Association. After we moved to our new office and gained extra roof space, he realised this would be an ideal spot for an apiary. Up there, the bees would be free to harvest a mix of crops from around the city, creating a unique tasting honey and also be less susceptible to any harmful substances that farmers spray on their crops.
So now for some Bee trivia: do you know how bees communicate with each other? The ‘waggle dance’. Now if you’re like us when we first heard of this, you’re probably picturing bees busting funky moves in a 70s disco. Sadly, this isn’t the reality. When bees begin to settle into a new home they send out ‘scouts’ who fly around the area to figure out exactly where they are. These scouts then come back to the hive and communicate this using a unique form of movement known as ‘the waggle dance’.
If you’re interested in staying up-to-date with our fuzzy little friends, watch this space. We’ll be posting more updates as the weather warms up and our little pals start to head out again. Alternatively, come and say hello at our offices - we might even give you our own rendition of the waggle dance.