What an experience for four of our founding Bee Team children! Over the last 3 years they have worked weekends and holidays to care for our bees...even visited other schools to teach them about bees & beekeeping, so it was only fitting that these children represented school to collect our 'Bees' Needs Champions Award' for their contribution to beekeeping and encouraging pollinators in school.
It was a long but wonderful day, leaving Kendal at 6.20 am to get to 'Carna'bee' Street in London to receive our award from Lord Gardiner the Under Secretary of State for the Environment & George McGavin, TV entomologist & environmental champion. The children then had opportunity to work with The University of Reading, investigating how much of our food is pollinated by bees... They made seed bombs to bring back to school and gave their expert opinion in a honey tasting session!
It was then off to the Houses of Parliament to meet with Tim Farron, where we passed on a petition about Climate Change and spoke to him about plastic waste. The children presented him with some of their 'beeswax wraps' made with our bee's wax, part of a project they are running in school to reduce plastic waste with the help of our bees! We had tea on the terrace and Mr Farron even sneaked us into watch a live debate in the House of Commons! It was amazing!
It was a super day, the children were wonderful ambassadors for school and for beekeeping, we were so very proud of them all and incredibly thankful to Kendal Beekeepers and James from Virgin Trains for their support in making it all happen! Thank you everyone!