Crumlin is set to be a Bee-licious buzz spot!

 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council creates a ‘Bee-licious’ buzz for pollinators at Crumlin Recreation Centre with the help from local school pupils.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland explained; The Crumlin Recreation Centre wildflower meadow restoration ‘Bee-licious’ site, is part of a three year project designed to restore our native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects. The Deputy Major continued, ‘It was a pleasure to support school pupils in sowing the wildflower seeds. The pupils were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about pollinating insects and native wildflowers.’

The 4 schools in Crumlin are creating habitats for pollinators in their school grounds, as part of a Learning through Landscapes, Polli:Nation project.

Rachel Conway of Butterfly Conservation, who is delivering the Learning through Landscapes, Polli:Nation Project in Crumlin, said, ‘I have been working closely with the 4 schools in Crumlin to help them learn about pollinators and make changes to their school grounds to create habitats for our much needed pollinators.’ Rachael continued, ‘I am delighted that the schools in Crumlin have joined with the council to improve public grounds for pollinators. It is wonderful to see them extend their commitment out of their school and into their local community.’

Rachael further added, ‘The council are leading the way in promoting biodiversity through the Bee-licious project, in our local green spaces and I hope others will follow their example.’

Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association member, John Hill commented, ‘I was delighted to help with the wildflower seed sowing.’ John continued, ‘The pupils were interested to learn that honey bees and other pollinators are short of food and need plenty of flowers to gather nectar and pollen. Honey bees need to visit up to two million flowers to make a pound of honey.’

The great variety of pollinating insects includes bumblebees, solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and beetles. The Bee-licious project is being led by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in partnership with seven other Councils across Northern Ireland, supported by the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Our Heritage Programme’.

Pollination is the transfer of pollen between flowers enabling plants to set seed and bear fruit. Crops such as apples, raspberries, beans, clover and oilseed rape all benefit from pollination and without it, many would fail. Essential for the production of food, it is estimated that our pollinators contribute £1.8bn to the UK’s farming economy every year.

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