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Staindrop Rainbows are the Bee's Knees!

Posted by Abi Barnett (abi_bee) on Apr 20 2017
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Staindrop Rainbows are the Bee's Knees!


Twelve Rainbows from Staindrop have planted an array of plants at the entrance to the Methodist Church 
to create a flower rich environment for bumblebees. Over the course of two weeks, the Rainbows attended two workshops delivered by the North Pennines AONB Partnership to gain their
Bumblebee Champion Awards. 

Launched in 2013 by AONB Partnership, the Nectarworks project has worked to enthuse, educate and enable 
communities to take action for bumblebees and other pollinators by restoring and increasing flower-rich habitats across the North Pennines. Led by Mandy Oliver, the AONB Partnership’s Community Officer, the girls enjoyed two exciting and informative evenings learning about the importance of the bumblebee and the need to protect wild flower habitats.  In addition to planting a large array of plants including lungwort, ice plant, catmint, hardy geraniums, hellebores and perennial wallflowers, the girls enjoyed songs, games and crafts. 

 “I planted three flowers; it was hard work
but I enjoyed it because I know the bumblebees will like it.”
                                                                                         - Annie, 6

“The North Pennines AONB Partnership have been very generous supplying such a
large amount of plants. As they have been selected to flower at different times
of the year, the girls will be able to see the results of their hard
work and hopefully lots of bumblebees for many months to come.”
- Judy Freeman, Unit Leader

“Wildflowers and bumblebees are of immense importance to us all
as they are intimately bound to the production of our own food.
Through the AONB Partnership we have focussed on places that are
rich in wild flowers within the farmed environment and have worked
with local people to create new school and community nectar gardens.”
                                 - Mandy Oliver, AONB Partnership Community Officer



Last changed: Apr 20 2017 at 9:34 AM

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