Schoolchildren across Teesdale are as busy as bees learning about nectar thanks to a project being run by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Partnership.
Bee Friendly, which has been made possible thanks to a £9,000 grant from Teesdale Action Partnership, will see twelve schools in the area receiving £150 worth of plants and a programme of learning that aims to safeguard the future of these important pollinators and the role they play in everyday life.
Mandy Oliver, Community Officer at the AONB Partnership who run the Bee-friendly sessions in schools, said: “Children are the ones who will be responsible for our future environment and bees are struggling at the moment. In the sessions we learn how important bees are for our fresh fruit and vegetables.
“The children I’ve already worked with are absolutely horrified to learn that that if bees disappear they will have no strawberries to go in their ice-cream or tomato sauce for their pizzas. Then when they understand more about the threat to our bees they are very keen to help.”
All of the schools involved in Bee Friendly, which is part of the AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumbrian Water, will also get a resource pack so other pupils can continue to learn about the importance of bees.