The Bees and Trees
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
To help preserve the natural beauty & biodiversity of the region, Abstinence pursues a “Bees and Trees” social responsibility project, assisting in removing intrusive alien vegetation from our world-renowned Fynbos Biome and assisting the Cape Honeybee to flourish as pollinator of flowering plants, including many Fynbos species.
Doing our part to live our ethos of “restoring balance”, in both our social occasions and natural surroundings, Abstinence donates 1% of its sales to supporting "bees & trees" in the Cape Floral Kingdom
Abstinence Spirits commits itself to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding indigenous Cape Honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) living in the wild. South Africa is in an incredibly unique situation as roughly 80% of our honeybees still live in the wild, unlike Europe where most of the bees are hived. Germany, for example, has 99.9% of all their bees living in hives and all the bees are managed and medicated.
Bees are a keystone species and are vital for biodiversity.
In the Cape we have the smallest and most diverse floral kingdom in the world as the fynbos region covers less than 6% of SA. This floral kingdom is primarily pollinated by bees, and honeybees and other species of bees pollinate 85% of the fynbos. It is vital that we protect bees in pristine areas so that biodiversity can survive. And to further assist with that, remove as much alien vegetation as we possibly can!
To do our part, we are active members of the Botanical Society of South Africa Kirstenbosch (https://botanicalsociety.org.za/branches/kirstenbosch/), donate monthly to The Table Mountain Fund (http://www.thetablemountainfund.org.za/) and are Patrons of Ujubee (http://ujubee.com/).
Stay tuned for the exciting projects to come for 2021!