A first-class Bee grade for project

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EDGE Hill Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union’s re­de­vel­oped al­lot­ment (The Sanc­tu­ary) and Bee So­ci­ety have been awarded a na­tional Bees Needs Award by the De­part­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food & Ru­ral Af­fairs (De­fra) and Green Flag.

The award is a re­sult of their con­ser­va­tion work, and their ef­forts in pro­mot­ing eth­i­cal bee keep­ing and pol­li­na­tion prac­tices in the re­gion.

The work of The Sanc­tu­ary and Edge Hill Stu­dents’ Union’s Bee So­ci­ety has been recog­nised on a na­tional level by De­fra and Green Flag for help­ing pro­mote the health of pol­li­na­tors in the lo­cal area.

The cer­e­mony last month at Kew Gar­dens, Lon­don, was at­tended by Amy Turner, Pres­i­dent of Edge Hill Stu­dents’ Union’s Bee So­ci­ety, and Dan Bocharnikov, Edge Hill Stu­dents’ Union’s Vice-Pres­i­dent for Ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pair’s work has been recog­nised for cham­pi­oning sus­tain­abil­ity, and mak­ing pos­i­tive changes to help pol­li­na­tors in the lo­cal area.

The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by na­tion­ally renowned con­ser­va­tion­ists and MPs, in­clud­ing Lord Gar­diner of Kim­ble, Phil Turvil (Grow Wild pro­gramme di­rec­tor), Huw Mer­ri­man MP and Prof Phil Steven­son from Kew Gar­dens.

Of win­ning the award, Amy Turner said: “This is an amaz­ing achieve­ment for me, the bees, the so­ci­ety, and pol­li­na­tors in gen­eral.

“We think the bees are a won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the so­ci­ety, Stu­dents’ Union, and the univer­sity.

“Hope­fully, it will be the first of many projects to come with fur­ther stu­dent sup­port!”

Dan Bocharnikov, said: “It’s been bril­liant work­ing with stu­dents with an ex­tra­or­di­nary en­thu­si­asm for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity!

“The Sanc­tu­ary and Project Bee has the po­ten­tial to bring stu­dents, staff, and the com­mu­nity to­gether and I can­not wait to see this part­ner­ship bloom.”

The an­nual Bees Needs awards is run as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Green Flag and De­fra.

Ev­ery year, dif­fer­ent sites from across the UK are se­lected and cel­e­brated for mak­ing pos­i­tive changes to pol­li­na­tors in their lo­cal re­gion.

This may in­clude en­cour­ag­ing the pro­lif­er­a­tion of pol­li­na­tors, in­creas­ing pol­li­na­tor-friendly habi­tats, and in­creas­ing pol­li­na­tor food sources, among other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Con­nected to The Sanc­tu­ary, The Bee so­ci­ety is one of few lo­cal projects pro­mot­ing eth­i­cal bee­keep­ing - cen­tred around main­tain­ing the health of the colony - and to pre­vent the na­tional de­cline in num­bers of bees.

Edge Hill Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union’s re­de­vel­oped al­lot­ment, The Sanc­tu­ary, and the Bee So­ci­ety have been re­warded a na­tional Bees Needs Award

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