Pupils learn to 
bee-friend bees

Isobel, Heidi, Evie, Daisy and Courtney with beekeeper David White and Barratt Homes sales adviser Fiona Clark
Isobel, Heidi, Evie, Daisy and Courtney with beekeeper David White and Barratt Homes sales adviser Fiona Clark
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Schoolchildren have learned how to help protect the British honey bee after meeting a beekeeper and his bees at a new housing development in Brackley.

Beekeeper David White met pupils from Southfield Primary Academy at Barratt Homes’ new development, The Brackens.

The children spent an afternoon learning about bees in the sales centre and garden, which features bee-friendly plants, and also saw an observation hive containing live bees kept by Mr White.

Each pupil was also given a free jar of honey.

Northants beekeeper and honey producer David White said: “Honey bee numbers have been in decline for years and, since so many plants rely on bees to transfer their pollen and continue their reproductive cycle, this is something everyone should be aware of.

“By providing plants that are in bloom from February right through to October, we can give plentiful sources of pollen and nectar for honey bees and other pollinators.”

Southfield Primary Academy headteacher Jane Cartlidge said: “This was definitely a lesson with a twist, and hopefully the children will have learned more about the importance of bees.

“We’re thankful to Barratt Homes and to Mr White and his bees for providing a unique learning experience.”