BeeFree Pallet Hive Agroplaza Getafe

BeeFree Pallet Hive Agroplaza Getafe

Shipping pallets and their versatility and availability are all the rage. I know the boards are often finished with harsh treatments to endure their continuous life cycle , but if sanded down and retreated with a natural finish why not turn them into a beehive?


I was given the opportunity to do just that a few weeks back at a 2 week long sustainability event held in the Madrid suburb of Getafe. With only 3 hours over 2 days to carry out the workshop on how to build a hive out of pallets, I had a bit of prep work to get done before it started.  As the Beefree beehive design came together last month in Andalusia and is already proving to fulfill the bees needs, I combined the same hybrid style beehive design with the urban areas locally available materials.  


colmena de palet getafe

Following a brief introduction and photo slideshow of the various beekeeping experiences which have led me to prototype this model, a diverse group of workshop attendees enthusiastically assisted me in the assembly of the precut boards.  

kahlyn taller palet

By adapting the design to the width of the pallets I had available I was able to respect the 40 liters of interior space bees look for while swarming in nature,  provide side walls with angles of 30 degrees, as well as assure its top opening compatibility to the standard Langstroth dimensions.  

pallet hive getafe

Now time to fill it with bees and let the real prototyping begin. 

Bee Free Madrid!

Bee Free Madrid!





Seams that Bee Free urban bee hives may soon become a a reality.

The Madrid Town hall recently met with the Media Lab Urban beekeeping team to work out the details on what it will mean to keep hives here in the city.

In order to keep the ball rolling, I´ll be holding a hands on beehive building information session and workshop this Friday afternoon from 5 pm to 9pm and Saturday from 12-3pm at the MediaLab Prado  in Madrid, España. The 2 day workshop is free of charge and orientated to both new and veteran beekeepers interested and eager to participate in the beginning of the Urban Beekeeping movement  in Madrid.

I will be sure to include a fair share of basic knowledge on the happenings of the hive,  though the majority of the time will be spent on design and collaborative construction.  

So if you are in town or know anyone who is, come on by and say Hi, otherwise once again, wish me luck, and BeeFree Madrid!

For more information follow the link!