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Antrim Forum gets buzzy to help our pollinators

24 November 2016

Local pupils from Antrim Primary and St Comgall’s Primary Schools recently got their hands dirty as they helped to restore a native wildflower meadow at Antrim Forum.

This restoration work, which was delivered by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is part of the Bee-licious project and the site at Antrim Forum is the first Bee-licious site for the Council.

Bee-licious is a three year project designed to restore our native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects, including bumblebees, solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths and beetles and is being delivered in partnership with seven other Councils across Northern Ireland.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott was delighted to help with the wildflower sowing; “I thoroughly enjoyed helping to sow the wildflower seeds with local school pupils. I was very impressed with how much the children knew about wildflowers and how they can help to provide food for pollinating insects.”

Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association member, Ivor Falls, also helped with the sowing; “It was great to be out with the pupils and learn more about our native wildflowers and how we can help our pollinating insects.” 

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.