The new ‘Haslingden Bee Keeping Project’ is the bee’s knees, as it launches at Haslingden Hall & Lodge care home in Lancashire, with help from local professional beekeepers and pupils from Helmshore Primary school
This is the first beekeeping project that Bacup Beekeeping will set-up in a care environment in the region. Having seen the positive impact of the hen keeping and creative arts HenPower project in the home, the care staff were keen to extend this hands-on life skills activity, and to make use of an unused area of the garden to house the bee hives and grow a wildflower meadow.
The relationship with Helmshore Primary School has been in place for over a year and has had a significant impact on both the female and male residents in the home, with pupils visiting weekly to take part in activities in the home. It is an additional partnership to the Little Stars nursery one, which also runs successfully within the home. Both school partnerships are innovative and effective and contribute to Children As Therapy, CATS, where relationships are nurtured between generations, with the objective to benefit both ends of the scale.
Tracey Booth, Activity Coordinator at the 76-bed home, contacted the Bacup Beekeeping Club after seeing an article in the local newspaper looking for spare land to rent for the club’s hives.
“We are excited to bring this hive of activity into our home, as it is a fantastic opportunity for the residents and children to learn something new and to strengthen the vital relationship we have with the local school. Both our residents and the young people have been learning that the protection of bees has never been as important as it is now, and we hope that this project will have a positive impact on all involved.”
The new “Haslingden Bee Club” aims to engage both residents and children through the upkeep of bees, as well as providing craft and education sessions, and providing a thriving environment for the bees. The school will be joining the residents regularly in the home to learn more about the bees and in keeping the garden and hives, and it is hoped that some honey can be cultivated.
Home Manager, Emma Bingham also comments “There is so much to learn by taking this project on, for staff, the residents and the school, and we are all looking forward to the benefits this project is going to bring. We already have staff that are eager to be hands-on with the bees and one of our residents Philip Hargreeves, is an experienced bee keeper.”
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