The Yards Covent Garden Reopens with a Hive of Art to Discover

Longmartin Properties Ltd, a joint venture between Shaftesbury and the Mercers’ Company, has today revealed a series of striking art installations throughout The Yards to mark the launch of a new campaign, The Yards & The Bees, to welcome back visitors to Covent Garden.

The larger than life bee-themed installations have been placed throughout The Yards, to create a trail of artwork which visitors can now follow at their own leisure since reopening majority of its retailers on 15 June. Created by a handpicked selection of leading artists, the work itself has been inspired by London’s vast urban landscape and the humble bees that call it home; showcasing colourful, bold and oversized sculptures to a 50 ft floral mural and an immersive ‘honey factory’. The installations also celebrate The Yards’ very own colony of over 240,000 bees located in hives on the buildings’ rooftops as part of the destination’s continued efforts to protect the species, wildflowers are also planted throughout the area to encourage pollination.

The arrival of ‘The Yards and the Bees’ unique artworks mark the first in a series of activities designed to champion urban pollinators , with workshops and offers taking place throughout The Yards this summer. As part of this initiative, The Yards is supporting the Bee Friendly Trust, a charity which works to give all pollinators the habitats they need in order to thrive. Visitors can find out more about the Trust’s work via QR codes located around the site and proceeds from upcoming workshops will also be donated.

Commenting on behalf of Longmartin Properties Ltd, Simon Taylor, Property Director at the Mercers’ Company, added: “Throughout lockdown we have all become increasingly aware of our impact on the environment. As a central London landlord, we feel ‘The Yards & The Bees’ campaign will help increase awareness of this subject whilst also creating a sense of fun and interaction for our visitors, all set within a safe and secure environment. Our partnership with the Bees Friendly Trust is evidence that we are increasing our own efforts, whilst providing a bold and educational trail that visitors can come back and enjoy on every visit.”

Luke Dixon, founder of The Bee Friendly Trust, added: “A world without bees would mean fewer flowers and fewer foods on our plates. With this in mind it’s important to celebrate bees and other pollinators and recognise the need to provide habitats in which they can thrive. These don’t need to be large spaces, from pots sown with wildflowers seeds to patches of neglected land, whatever the size they can help support these important species.”

This news follows the reopening of retailers and restaurants in Covent Garden including, Boots, Levi’s, Jack Wills, Calvin Klein, Barbour, Cos, Dalla Terra and 28-50. Bills and Hawksmoor are both also due to open later in July followed soon by Dishoom Covent Garden, which is currently closed for the completion of the cafés redesign.

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