As an environmental education charity, we are keen to do all we can to protect nature and create opportunities for wildlife to thrive. 

With the help of local beekeepers, Chris and Marian Stephens and Luke Martin, we want to set up aparies for bee colonies at our sites: Castan Wood near Ipswich and our Foundry HQ near Bury St Edmunds. 

We will be engaging our beneficiary groups in the whole process; teaching about bee-keeping, and the importance of bees to the sustainability of life on our planet, as part of our educational support courses for disadvantaged and marginalised adults and children.

The apiaries will make a difference to:

  • People’s lives
  • Population of honey bees
  • Biodiversity of the woodland and surrounding area
  • Conserving and enhancing the natural environment
  • Pollination of food crops

Creating these aparies will bring a new dimension to building confidence and self-esteem for many of our beneficiaries. Teaching a new skill through nature is what we do well and building and nurturing honeybees would create an additional asset to the woodlands.

The people who would be benefitting will be the participants attending our courses of all ages, including those with additional needs, people with mental health issues or in recovery from addiction or abuse, people with disabilities, long-term unemployed and children and young people from schools, colleges and pupil referral units.

Bees are absolutely critical to our ecosystem...without them around to pollinate, we would lose a third of the food we eat.

Introducing pollinators to our open glades will complement our woodlands management plan, enhancing the biodiversity of the ground and field layers.

Britain’s bees are in trouble. 35 UK bees species are under threat of extinction, and all species face serious threats. Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them.

The decline in bees' diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions. This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza!

Our new apiaries will undoubtedly provide a “hive of activity” and give all involved a real “buzz”.

Can you help us and the bees by donating to our project?