BUSY BEES AT ST DAVID’S
Pupils from Whitchurch Primary Schools ‘Eco Committee’ have had an exclusive, first look at the beehives at St David's Dewi Sant which are currently home to over 60,000 bees.
In partnership with IBRA (International Bee Research Association), St David's has committed to support the ongoing effort to prevent the decline of the bees in Wales.
The day included a VIP tour of the six new beehives on the centre’s ‘Green Roof’ by the St Davids team in addition to an educational presentation and activities provided by IBRA. The organisation’s BEEWORLD Project explained how bees are vital to biodiversity, pollination and the pivotal role they play in our eco-system.
Pupils from both Whitchurch Primary and St Clare’s Primary School were given the opportunity to create their own bee models and beehives, and learn about the many uses of honey and how important bees are to everyday life.
Top toy store, Hamleys, also worked alongside the team to provide the children with a chance to meet TV’s ‘Maya the Bee’ as well as providing a wonderful variety of engaging and fun ‘bee’ activities throughout the day.
Centre Director, Steven Madeley, said: “This workshop was a fantastic opportunity for us to share our green initiatives with local children, who will one day, take over these responsibilities. We’re continuously working to develop our already strong ‘green’ initiatives and the introduction of our six beehives is just one element of this. We already divert 100 per cent of our waste from landfill and are looking forward to discovering new ways to build on this.”
Julian Rees, Operations Director of IBRA, said: "This is the first workshop we’ve held as part of our new school programme and it was great seeing how engaged the pupils were. The opportunity to show local children ‘real life’ beehives in full operation at a centre like St David’s, was priceless and helped to really bring the subject to life.
“We’re looking forward to working with more schools across south Wales to promote just how valuable bees are within our eco-system.”
The BeeWorld Project is a comprehensive education park designed for schools in Wales to raise awareness and understanding of bee issues. The organisation, also plans to run pollinator awareness events for schools during Cardiff Science Festival, Biodiversity Week, Big Buzz at the National Botanic Gardens and the National Eisteddfod.
For more information on the green initiatives at St David’s, please contact marketing executive, Rebecca Richards on firstname.lastname@example.org
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