These school pupils have been busy bees – with a visit to a new community apiary.
The children, from class 3KM at Layton Primary School, were delighted to find out about the bee hives based at Layton Allotments.
The apiary was the brainchild of Mica Goldstone, who is a governor at the school.
After Layton Allotments successfully applied for a grant of £1,500 from the Blackpool Area Forum, members of the allotments group decided to set one up, with bees donated by Mica, in the hope it would be a good education tool for local schools and youth groups, such as scouts and brownies.
Mica said: “I am a governor at Layton School, so when the allotment got a grant for small trees back in November, I organised a visit so a class could plant them.
“They were really enthusiastic, despite it being cold. At the time, I showed them my hives at the allotment and many of the children were fascinated.
“When the opportunity for funding came up, members of the allotments got together and we applied with the intention of creating a community apiary on the allotment site so members could learn about bee-keeping, but also offer the opportunity for children from schools to visit.
“We were successful and now have two hives and more than a dozen children’s suits.
“We have a few more schools and social clubs looking to visit over the next few months.
“We anticipate the sale of honey – should we get any – will subsidise the purchase of equipment, hopefully expanding the project, though it is still early days.”