Abbie Trayler-Smith and London Honey

20 October 2014

In our second #FutureofCities project, British photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith took a look at how London is trying to save the honeybees in an urban environment. Tucked between flats and towering offices, honeybees work away at their delicious creations. Abbie’s images draw attention to the honey bees’ connection to the survival of the human race as well as show an unexpected way of bringing innovation to the city of London.

The UK has around 274,000 bee colonies, producing 6,000 tons of honey per year with 44,000 beekeepers. Abbie met up with two of them - Chris Barnes and Paul Webb. While watching Chris and Paul work, she found the bees to be mesmerizing. Beekeeping gave Abbie - and gives the beekeepers - an intimate connection with nature that can be challenging to find in an urban environment. 

Find out more about this hidden rooftop world here.

Abbie Trayler-Smith London Honey