A first-class Bee grade for project
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.