We want to commit ourselves to the protection of bees and the environment. This is the goal of the employees of GASA Group Germany GmbH. The situation of bees is known to be very dubious. To counteract, this development must be dealt with in the long term. 

This statement is also confirmed by beekeeper Georg Kersten, whom the employees of GASA Group Germany visited as part of the project "without bee - no flower". The aim of the visit was to inform themselves about the beekeeper's activities, the work and the responsibility and to benefit from the experience of the long-standing bee-owner.

Equipped with beekeeper helmets, the interested employees of GASA Group Germany got a private guided tour through the bee house, in which Mr. Kersten keeps and maintains his 16 bee colonies. He himself has already renounced the heavy protective clothing a long time ago. "Honey bees are gentle animals, as long as they don't feel provoked, they don't sting," explains the experienced beekeeper. For several generations, the apiculture has already become a great hobby of the family and through the years of experience, all processes and handles have been perfected.

Eight bee friends of GASA Group Germany have gotten a first glimpse into the activity of a beekeeper

The employees of the marketer were informed about the course of a beekeeper's year, the different tasks and the time required. "The time spent varies according to the season, but is generally very manageable," said Georg Kersten. "In the spring, during the breeding times, the bee colony should be looked at once a week to check whether there is enough room for the animals and whether a new queen was born, which would be able to dispute the position of the old queen and thus be responsible for a division of the colony and the swarming. In winter, however, it is sufficient to control the bees every 3-4 weeks. "

The greatest time spent in apicultural work is the honey harvest. The experienced hobby beekeeper has already invested in his own honey sling and other accessories and has since produced his own honey. Nevertheless, he is occupied up to eight hours to gain the honey from the full honeycomb. The GASA employees were also able to look at the machines and the various centrifugal and screening processes and to taste some of the harvest. "To see how the honey is harvested from beehives and how it is prepared by slinging and sifting, makes the tasting an experience," says Marco Aymans, employee of GASA Group Germany.

Prior to the visit, the company had already been intensively considering the acquisition and keeping of its own bee population, but the company lacks the necessary know-how and expertise to ensure optimal accommodation for bees.

However, the employees are motivated and willing to take responsibility. GASA Group Germany is now missing the right strategy to implement the topic in a sustainable manner. By visiting Mr. Kersten, the employees of GASA Group Germany were able to gather new insights, clarify their questions about the responsible handling of the pollinators and pass on their newly acquired knowledge to their colleagues.

"Bees play a central role in maintaining our ecosystem, so it is important to get involved in different ways for these animals," said Michael Bongers, Managing director of GASA Group Germany. "However, before the final decision is made to give bees an ecological home at the premises of GASA Group Germany, we want to train the interested employees adequately and offer them the opportunity to continue to exchange with experienced beekeepers or companies that are already at this step of having own bee colonies. As a result, a positive development for the bees can be achieved in a sustainable and responsible way. Visiting Georg Kersen was a step in the right direction."

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