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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

YOUNG­STERS from a Stan­ground school were left buzzing af­ter get­ting up close to some hon­ey­bees.

Each year Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive in­vites schools across the city to view work­ing hives at its Sav­ille Road, West­wood, head­quar­ters.

And the first vis­i­tors of 2012 were a party of 29 year three pupils from Oak­dale Pri­mary School in Stan­ground, who cel­e­brated by cre­at­ing a spe­cial gi­ant flower which will be seen by over 300 chil­dren in the com­ing weeks.

The Oak­dale young­sters cre­ated the six-foot high flower to mark the fact that they were the first pupils to visit the hives in 2012.

Class teacher Miss Emma Cham said: “The chil­dren re­ally en­joyed mak­ing it from all sorts of re­cy­cla- ble ma­te­rial like pa­per, card, plas­tic, drink cans and crisp pack­ets.

“And they had a lovely day on their visit. We have the coun­try­side on the cur­ricu­lum for this term and the bee visit fit­ted per­fectly with this.

“They learned so much and have so many fol­low-up ac­tiv­i­ties to take back to school - for ex­am­ple, they will be per­form­ing a bee dance at a school assem­bly next week (May 23) and talk­ing to other pupils about bees, pollen and the bee fam­ily.

“The chil­dren were de­lighted to see the Queen Bee, too, and came back to school buzzing.”

Dur­ing the visit the chil­dren saw hon­ey­bees in the Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive hives from the safety of a pur­pose­built ob­ser­va­tory and also learned all about bees from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Peter­bor­ough and Dis­trict Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PDBKA).

As a ‘thank you’ for cre­at­ing the gi­ant flower, Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive gave the young­sters a but­ter­fly kit con­tain­ing cater­pil­lars, feed and full in­struc­tions for hatch­ing painted lady but­ter­flies into their school gar­den.

To mark the launch of the 2012 school vis­its - which con­tinue un­til mid-july - Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive pre­sented the PDBKA with a cheque for £7,000, money raised by the sale of its 2012 Mem­bers cal­en­dar.

PDBKA com­mit­tee mem­ber Richard Davies said: “We were dumb­founded by the amount of money - to think that Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive Mem­bers think so much about hon­ey­bees to raise so much for us.”

BUZZING: Chil­dren and staff from Oak­dale Pri­mary School proudly show off their gi­ant flower on their visit to the Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive bee hives, watched by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Peter­bor­ough and Dis­trict Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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