Beekeeping pupils get a real buzz

Wyberton Primary School Beekeepers
Wyberton Primary School Beekeepers
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Pupils and staff at a south Lincolnshire school are buzzing following their first delivery of bees.

The bees arrived at Wyberton Primary School on Friday and are now settling into their new hives in cleared ground at the back of the playing field.

It will be next year before the bees produce any honey – but already staff and pupils are looking forward to the sweet taste of success by planning to sell it.

Head of School Sarah Paul said: “The idea of keeping bees on the school site was first discussed in September when the Business and Enterprise council were considering new ideas for their business curriculum.

“It was a perfect choice because not only did it mean that the children were able to help towards sustaining the life cycle of bees, but they could also see Enterprise opportunities by selling honey and honey related products.”

Sarah visited Charlton Manor Primary School in London to observe how they had set up their bees and honey business and came back full of ideas to share with the children.

Chairman of Lincolnshire Beekeepers’ Association Eddy Gadd, from Honey Tree Farm in Surfleet Marsh, advised the school on what else was needed to ensure safety for the children and where to put the hives he had donated.

Even staff members have got the buzz and have attended a seven-week beekeepers course at Mr Gadd’s farm to enable them to learn the basics of bee keeping and how to handle bees safely.

This training will then be shared with the children who attend the ‘Buzz Buzz’ club.

Children have had to think carefully about the types of plants and flowers needed in school to help the bees survive.

The water garden provides the much-needed water for the bees and the newly- planted story telling garden and sculpture gardens will soon be in bloom to provide the food source.

Sarah said: “Our next task now is to feed the bees so that they are strong enough to get through the winter and we will then look to honey production next year.”

Mr Gadd, who is also a member of Boston and district Beekeepers’ Association, said interest in keeping bees is on the increase.

He said: “I’ve 30 people attending my courses. Lincolnshire Beekeepers’ Association is a registered charity and education is a big part of what we do.

“Next week I’m going to the science day at Tower Road Academy in Boston and that school is thinking of having bees. Beekeeping is really growing.”