Slovenian bees buzzing in Estonian presidential gardens

Tallinn, 17 August - Slovenian bees have been buzzing around the Estonian presidential palace as President Kersti Kaljulaid took to beekeeping and has had three beehives placed in the Kadriorg Park surrounding the palace.

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Since June, the charming park has been the home to bees from Slovenia and southern Austria, according to the website of the Estonian president.

The peaceful bees will be taken care of by Estonian Beekeepers' Association, which will be rewarded for its efforts with half of the harvested honey.

The rest of the honey, which will be first available at the end of the month, will be kept by the president's office to give away as presidential gifts.

According to Kaljulaid's office, the bees were accommodated in the historical park as part of "a common practice in metropolitan cities across the world".

Urban bees provide the same quality of honey as those from the countryside, and they also take care of the natural ecosystem and pollinate flowers and other plants around the city.

© STA, 2017