Honeybee Programme

The Honeybee Programme is continuing in 2021 in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation!

About the programme

Based on the successful grant programme in the US, The Honeybee programme is designed to raise awareness of the vital importance of honeybees in food production and to introduce teachers to the wonders of keeping bees at school. The programme offers several avenues of exploration for schools wishing to access a fascinating and uniquely different learning resource:

1.  Host a visit from a beekee​per, meet live bees – and then encourage them to visit your school garden! Twenty lucky schools in London will win a place on our bee programme, which includes the following:

  • A visit from a beekeeper

Either a virtual or face-to-face visit from an experienced beekeeper from London Beekeepers Association where students will be given a fascinating glimpse into the world of bees and learn about topics such as: honeybees and other bees, anatomy, the nest and life cycle; the importance of bees in food production; products from the hive; honey, wax and propolis.

  • Bee-friendly planting session with a gardener

Our resident gardener will offer a session to help schools establish bee-friendly planting areas to ensure that there’s enough forage for local honeybees. Schools will also receive bee-friendly plants for the children taking part in the sessions. 

  • A trip to visit the apiary at the Holland Park Ecology Centre

Up to 30 students from each school will be transported to the apiary at Holland Park to see an established bee colony at work.

2.  Taster session for teachers

Ever thought of keeping bees at school? Introducing bees into a school environment is hugely rewarding but a big step and a long-term commitment, so we’re offering a fully funded half-day taster session to be delivered by London Beekeepers Association for two teachers from each of six schools.

3.  Apply for a honeybee 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 at any point throughout the year, but schools will only be able to apply if they have:

  • commissioned a risk assessment/feasibility study
  • completed a beekeeping course with a local beekeeping 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 beekeeping association to support the project throughout its first year.

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