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Crumlin set to be a Bee-licious buzz spot

17 January 2017

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School in Crumlin recently got their hands dirty as they as they helped to restore a native wildflower meadow at Crumlin Leisure Centre.

This restoration work, which was delivered by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is part of Council’s Bee-licious project and the site at Crumlin now joins a number of other Bee-licious sites across the Borough including Antrim Forum and Holywell Hospital.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland was delighted to help with the wildflower sowing; “This wildflower meadow restoration is part of our three year Bee-licious project, which is designed to restore our native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects. It was pleasure to support the local pupils who were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about pollinating insects and native wildflowers.”

Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association member, John Hill also helped with the sowing; “The pupils were really 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”.

As well as the Bee-licious project, Crumlin is also set to benefit from another pollination scheme. Thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Learning through Landscapes will now be delivering the Polli:Nation project throughout schools in the Crumlin area. Each of the four participating schools; St Josephs’ Primary, Crumlin Integrated Primary, Crumlin Integrated College and Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach are now creating habitats for pollinators in their school grounds. 

Rachel Conway of Butterfly Conservation, who is delivering the Polli:Nation Project said; “I have been working closely with the four schools in Crumlin to help them learn about pollinators and make changes to their school grounds to create habitats for our much needed pollinators. I am delighted that the schools 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 continued; “The Council are leading the way in promoting biodiversity in our local green spaces, through the Bee-licious project. I hope many others will follow in their footsteps”.

For more information on the Polli:Nation project, visit www.polli-nation.co.uk