Bee keeping project creates a buzz with a Wessex Watermark

Monkton Coombe School’s bee keeping club has won the first Wessex Watermark Award for 2014. Senior pupils will use their Award to buy a glass sided demonstration bee hive to teach the link between pollination and a healthy environment.  Libby Symon from The Conservation Foundation visited the school with their Watermark Award and cheque for £350 on Thursday 9th January.

Sustainability at Monkton (SAM) is run by a student Committee and aims to make their school a more environmentally friendly place. The students have run awareness-raising campaigns on topical issues that affect not just the School but life outside the school gates. SAM’s bee keeping club will invite fellow students and parents to debate sustainable issues which could affect both the health of bee colonies and the environment they depend on.

“This is a pupil led project and the first I heard of their winning a Watermark Award was when the School was contacted by Libby at The Conservation Foundation” said Robert Campbell senior teacher. This summer the pupils planted out a garden to encourage bees and insects. The pupils commented, “We know that bee colonies are continuing to decline and healthy bees reflect a healthy environment, so as well as having a positive effect on the environment, the bees will also be an educational resource.”

Pupils now look forward to bee-keeping lessons from Anne Rowberry from the Bath Beekeepers Association.

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