Bee there as school stars in top TV show

Fo­cus on in­no­va­tive eco project

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out & About - Edel Ke­nealy

An in­no­va­tive bee­keep­ing project at Trin­ity High School will be viewed by around 7.5mil­lion peo­ple when it fea­tures on BBC One’s Coun­try­file show.

The ini­tia­tive, which has seen 80,000 bees in­stalled across two hives at the school, forms part of the hit show which fo­cuses on La­nark­shire in this week’s episode.

View­ers of the pro­gramme will see the mi­gra­tion of the bees to the Ruther­glen school’s eco-gar­den un­der the ex­pert guid­ance of PlanBee Ltd - the com­pany that sup­plied the bees and will train stu­dents in how to care for them in the coming weeks.

War­ren Bader, of the Wishaw­based PlanBee Ltd, has worked closely with the school’s eco-group to bring the bee­keep­ing pro­posal to fruition.

Colin McIn­tyre, maths teacher and chair­man of the eco-group, said: “Since the bee project was a first for the area, we dropped Coun­try­file an email say­ing this is what we are do­ing be­cause we know how im­por­tant honey bees are to the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Pre­sen­ter El­lie Har­ri­son came with a di­rec­tor and a film crew.

“They were very im­pressed that it was the first bee­keep­ing ini­tia­tive in a South La­nark­shire school and the work I had done to en­sure that the pupils were at the fore­front of the project.”

He added: “The long-term plan is to get stu­dents in­volved in bee keep­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The sci­ence de­part­ment will be in­tro­duc­ing a spe­cial topic on the habi­tat of the honey bee and why they are im­por­tant.

“The pupils will learn about that in class and then they will go to the bee­hives and see them in that en­vi­ron­ment.”

Stu­dents joined El­lie in don­ning a bee suit and see­ing the bees mi­grate to their new hives in the eco gar­den.

They treated the pre­sen­ter to a tour of the gar­den where she saw the colour­ful hives dec­o­rated by stu­dents and the many plants, fruits and veg­eta­bles they have planted.

“The film crew were very im­pressed with the set up of the eco-gar­den,” Mr McIn­tyre said. “The raised beds, the seat­ing area, the fruit trees and the longevity of the project.

“This is a project that will cre­ate a legacy at the school and they were very im­pressed with that.”

The eco-gar­den is cre­at­ing many op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents as the honey will be put in jars and sold by en­ter­prise stu­dents in the busi­ness de­part­ment; the home eco­nomics de­part­ment are grow­ing food and art stu­dents use the gar­den to sketch flow­ers in bloom.

Mr McIn­tyre thanked the many peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the eco-gar­den and bee hive ini­tia­tive in­clud­ing Clyde Gate­way, who helped fund the eco-gar­den, and SGN who have spon­sored the bee­hive project for three years.

He also thanked his col­leagues Ray­mond Duffy and Rachel Sheri­dan and head teacher Peter Bollen for their sup­port. Coun­try­file airs on BBC One at 6.30pm on Sun­day.

The plan is to get stu­dents in­volved in bee keep­ing ac­tiv­i­ties

Mi­gra­tion Pupils see the bees set­tle into their new home

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