22 February 2013

'We're buzzing!' Liverpool Beekeeping project gets lottery boost

By John Ramos

A bee keeping project in Liverpool has been awarded a lottery grant of almost £86,000.

Blackburne House on Hope Street has been given the money by the People's Postcode Lottery .
The lottery cash will be used to support the growth of Hope Street Honey, Blackburne House’s existing urban Honey bee project, and boost the local urban honey bee population.

The project also plans to use the money to expand its successful bee keeping scheme during the next twelve months.Managers at the site hope to create two hundred new bee keepers in the Merseyside area who will look after fifty new hives.

Under the plans they are inviting community groups; housing associations and allotment schemes to apply to set up their own bee keeping project. Ideally they are looking for groups of four people at a time. They will then train people to look after the bees and give them advice on gardening and pollinating flowers.

Its thought each group could set up its own bee keeping hive with just five hundred pounds from the lottery.

Managers at Blackburne House say the project will be expanded over the next twelve months using the lottery cash and could help transform the environment of the city. They claim the new bee hives could also tackle climate change by encouraging more flowers in city areas.

The project is a partnership with the British Beekeepers Association. They say there is growing concern about the impact of the changing climate on bee populations and recent studies seem to show that numbers are declining.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said; “We are very excited to be supporting our first project in Merseyside. This is a really innovative and simple plan to contribute to boosting bee numbers across the area and get communities involved in their care and conservation.’’

The project was one of four from across Britain to secure support from the Dream Fund which asks charities to work with partners to carry out the project of their dreams.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved can contact Blackburne House by telephone on 0151 708 3922 or they can visit the charity's website at www.blackburnehouse.co.uk

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