Shopping mall is just buzzing

keen beekeepers, husband and wife Zlatko and Karen Goodwin-Izmirov who tend the bees on the roof of Crystal Peaks shopping centre
keen beekeepers, husband and wife Zlatko and Karen Goodwin-Izmirov who tend the bees on the roof of Crystal Peaks shopping centre
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YOU could say there’s a real buzz around...

For up on the roof of the Crystal Peaks mall, and high above the shoppers who visit the complex every day, there are 100,000 unexpected guests – honey bees.

Their two hives are part of Crystal Peaks’ approach to the environment – and have proved so successful more are planned for this year.

The hives are looked after by husband and wife Zlatko and Karen Goodwin-Izmirov.

Zlatko is originally from Bulgaria, where beekeeping is a popular pursuit, and he brought his interest in apiculture with him when he came to Britain to work.

Zlatko and Karen also have a couple of hives in the garden of their Beighton home and two other more bee colonies.

“We were originally members of the Chesterfield and District Beekeeping Association and it was through them we heard Crystal Peaks wanted to keep bees and were looking for somebody to manage them,” said Karen.

Zlatko added: “We thought it would be a bit weird at first but it’s really worked out very well. They produce really good honey and it does show what an organisation like Crystal Peaks can do to help the environment.

“In London lots of people keep bees on rooftops so it’s not that unusual really”