Bees & Seas

Feb 21: Debs Butler, Nadia Chalk and Damian Pulford at the Bees&Seas site | Before the Transformation…

Mar 21: Old containers out, yard cleared, seeds planted, brand new containers In…

Bees & Seas

The Bees&Seas is a local project born from our common passion for ‘wildlife’ and ‘connecting communities’ with nature across land and sea. Two lovely social enterprises – Friends of Brooklands Park and Creative Waves have come together with our team at FoodPioneers combining expertise, skill and passion to create a community beekeeping project, pollination hub and educational training space in the heart of Brooklands Park.  The council recently awarded us a disused urban council yard that sits outside the local council’s Brooklands master plan. And we plan to transform it throughout 2021!

The Project Vision

The  Mission is to help educate, engage and connect the local community with nature, conservation and pollinators through a series of exciting activities, events, workshops and projects that  cater to the evolving needs of the local environment around us. Our project goals:

  • Transform a degraded industrial site into an ecological, natural asset for the local community
  • Inspire mind-set change to value pollinators, green space and the role of the humble bee in building environmental resilience
  • Connect people through community programmes and volunteering opportunities to champion nature and pollinators
  • To create a positive environmental and pollinator culture by sustaining the hub far into the future

The Project Highlights

  • Create five pollinator friendly bug hotels
  • Plant fruit trees in our mobile skip garden
  • Create climate resilient eco pollinator gardens
  • Create 60m of native hedgerow edging to support a diverse range of wildlife
  • Set up three beehives. Train volunteer beekeepers and run educational sessions
  • Create a shipping container classroom with green roofs that will provide food for pollinators year-round
  • Train up a minimum of five volunteer beekeepers with support from the local beekeeping societies
  • Run six educational sessions with schools within the next 12 months
  • Recruit and train up a diverse team of at least 20 regular volunteers
  • Hold at least ten new events for the local community within the next 12 months, when all the restrictions are lifted

Project progress is flying ahead. In just one month throughout March, the wonderful team at ‘Sussex Transport’ removed the old damaged shipping containers and transported in two brand new ones. The fabulous people at ‘Adur and Worthing Council’ cleared the yard of heavy waste and old rubbish heaps. The design team at Creative Waves have started initial concepts and colour palettes for the classroom containers and bee hives. The ‘FoodPioneer’ green team have started collecting seeds, plugs and plants to get the green space growing with big plans for the green roofs and pollinator forage. Our community partner ‘Friends of Brooklands Park’ have started coordinating volunteers – and with restrictions lifting small groups will start transforming the space from the first week in April. We are all ploughing ahead and really hoping to have our Bee Hives on site for May. Please follow our blog for lots of exciting project progress updates!

Importantly, we recently launched our Spacehive Crowdfunder to raise much needed funds for this new Bees&Seas project. We have been incredibly lucky to have gathered the support of some wonderful backers which has enabled us to get this project ‘well and truly’ off the ground. But we really need your support for additional funding to bring the project alive, maintain the hives, develop the green space, and importantly run a series of workshops for the local community. We feel very passionately about inspiring local children to learn more about pollinating insects and the vital role they play in the food chain.

Please do get in touch with us – any small donation to our crowdfunder is very much appreciated and will go directly into this local community project. Additionally, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities. We would love to hear from you! 

 

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