Honeybee Programme

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.
Whole Kids Foundation

In partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, 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 beekeeper, 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:

London Beekeepers Association
  • 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.

  • Bee-friendly planting session
    Bee-friendly planting session
  • Beekeeper visit
    Beekeeper visit
  • Holland Park Ecology Centre
    Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Holland Park Ecology Centre
    Holland Park Ecology Centre

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 wanting to develop their projects further may also apply if they fulfil the requirements above.