Les­son on bees from an expert

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Pupils learned about the im­por­tant part bees play in our food chain dur­ing a visit from an in­sect expert.

Julie Cole­man from Whit­stable and Herne Bay Bee­keep­ers vis­ited Char­ing Pri­mary with David Wilson Homes that do­nated a bee house and beefriendly seeds.

She said: “It was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to meet pupils and their teach­ers at Char­ing Pri­mary School. Th­ese vis­its help teach the next gen­er­a­tion about the im­por­tance of bees by en­gag­ing them at an early age.”

The School Road chil­dren also had a chance to dress up in a spe­cial bee­keeper’s out­fit and found out more about the rea­sons why the winged crea­ture’s pop­ula- tion is in de­cline.

Pip Taun­ton, from the school said: “The chil­dren loved the talk and the chance to han­dle lots of ob­jects. I have no doubt they’ll spread the word about sup­port­ing bees with their friends and fam­ily.”

This talk and do­na­tion is part of David Wilson Homes’ on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme and its com­mit­ment to work­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties where it is cre­at­ing new homes.

The Kent house­builder is a strong sup­porter of the UK’s bee pop­u­la­tion and gar­dens at its nearby Poppy Fields de­vel­op­ment fea­ture bee-friendly plants and shrubs, such as laven­der, fruit trees and Bri­tish wild flow­ers.

From left, bee­keeper Julie Cole­man and David Wilson homes sales ad­viser Aimee Amos and pupils Cruz, Grace, Louis and Me­gan

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