Honey Bee Programme

The Honey Bee Programme will be continuing in 2020 in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation! We have created an animation to show you how it works.

About the programme

Based on the successful grant programme in the US, The Honey Bee programme is designed to raise awareness of the vital importance of honey bees in food production and to introduce teachers to the wonders of keeping bees at school.

Due to popular demand, we are now offering the programme to more schools and we have added in an additional element to previous years. The programme involves four avenues of exploration for schools that are considering introducing honey bees as a fascinating and uniquely different learning resource:

  • Visit from a bee-keeper with observation hives.

Schools will have the opportunity to host a visit from an experienced bee-keeper from London Beekeepers Association. We're offering four sessions for up to 30 children in each school that will include topics such as: honey bees and other bees, anatomy, the nest and life cycle; bees, the importance of bees in food production; products from the hive; honey, wax and propolis.

  • Taster session for teachers.

For teachers who are inspired by the visit from a beekeeper, we are offering a taster session delivered by London Beekeepers Association to carefully consider the big step of introducing bees into a school environment. Teachers will be signposted to the bee-keeping training required to keep a colony at school and understand how the school site needs to be prepared to accommodate a colony. The session includes information about planting for forage, colony management throughout the year (including school holidays) and the budget required for both set-up and operating costs. 

  • Visit from a gardener

This year, we have added a new element to the programme which includes a visit from our gardener, Cath, who will offer a session to help schools establish bee-friendly planting areas to ensure that there’s enough forage for local honey bees. Schools will also receive bee-friendly plants for the children taking part in the sessions. 

  • Apply for a honey bee grant. 

Schools that fulfil the criteria below can apply for funding for equipment to set up a project at school. Grants of up to £1,500 will be available and schools will only be able to apply if they have:

  • commissioned a risk assessment/feasibility study
  • completed a bee-keeping course with a local bee-keeping association (BBKA Bee Basic or equivalent) with a minimum of two members of staff
  • formed a ‘bee team’ of at least three members of staff
  • identified a ‘bee mentor’ from a local bee-keeping association to support the project throughout its first year.
     

Schools with established honey bee projects, who wish to develop their projects further, may also apply if they fulfil the requirements above.

For the 2020 programme we have funding for the following:

  • Visits by London Beekeepers Association and our gardener, Cath, to 20 schools in London
  • Places for 24 teachers on our taster session at a London apiary
  • Six grants of up to £1,500 for equipment.

 

More information on how to apply in February 2020.