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Bee-licious wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support to help our Pollinators

08 July 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to be leading on an exciting new pollinator project which has been awarded £76,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; “We are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Bee-licious project. Our pollinating insects are extremely valuable and it is important that we restore their flower-rich habitats. We look forward to working with other Councils to provide a network of Bee-licious sites throughout Northern Ireland”.

Through the Bee-licious project, Councils will engage with local communities to provide food and homes for pollinators as well as providing training and advice on how to record and protect pollinators.   

Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI added their support saying "We were delighted to support this three year project. Together with the 'magnificent meadows' and 'don't mow, let it grow' projects, we are supporting the pollinator species that are essential not only to our stunning natural environment but also to our thriving agricultural sector.  It is thanks to National Lottery players that we can support engaging projects such as these.”

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.