Sunderland pupils get buzz out of bee project

Pupils from Castleview Academy joined residents at St Margaret's Court retirement home to turned a part of their garden into a bee garden.

Pupils from Castleview Academy joined residents at St Margaret's Court retirement home to turned a part of their garden into a bee garden.

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THERE was a real buzz in a community where old and young have joined forces in a bid to help save the honeybee.

Pupils from Castle View Academy in Sunderland and residents at St Margaret’s Court sheltered housing complex came together for a day of bulb planting to help the species, which is in decline.

Ellen Swanston, manager at St Margaret’s Court, which is run by Anchor, said the project was part of Anchor’s Bee Friendly Campaign, involving the British Beekeepers’ Association.

She said: “We have been working with the children to do the planting on the bee garden, and we also had a beekeeper come along and talk to the children about bee hives and how they work.

“As well as helping to save the bees, it was also a really good way for the pupils to interact with older people.”