PUPILS from Hackbridge Primary School were presented with a bee home this month and treated to an educational talk on solitary bees, by Barratt London. Located close by to the housebuilder’s New Mill Quarter development on Hackbridge Road, the school was given the opportunity to learn more about the importance of the solitary bee community, and why providing them with homes is so vital.
Solitary bees have declined in recent years due to a lack of suitable habitats. The donated bee home will provide a safe place for solitary bees, which, unlike bumble bees and honeybees, do not live together in colonies.
Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt East London, comments: “As a sustainable housebuilder, we are committed to protecting and nurturing nature and wildlife, and our ‘Bee Friendly’ campaign aims to help support the local environment. We were thrilled that the children enjoyed the talk from the bee expert, and hope that our donation of the bee home will inspire the pupils to think for themselves about the ways in which they can help to look after nature and the environment.”
Mrs Walford, Headteacher at Hackbridge Primary School comments: “The children are captivated by the new bee home, which has been a fantastic addition to the playground. We have been able to link this in with the curriculum and we have been monitoring the bee activity within our science lessons. It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged with this activity and we are thankful to Barratt London for providing us with this great opportunity.”
Bee expert, Michelle Ernoult, adds: “Solitary bees are so vital to the health of our environment, for the pollination of food crops, flowers and trees and are a safe, non-aggressive bee to introduce to your garden or playground. I am so pleased that the pupils enjoyed my talk and hope they will continue to be fascinated by the bee home and its inhabitants. I truly believe that encouraging young minds to take a real interest in the importance of nature within the capital is an incredibly worthwhile initiative.”
Barratt London is currently building its New Mill Quarter development at the former Felnex trading estate, providing over 559 new homes. The development will also include a selection of shops, a GP surgery, supermarket and assisted living homes. Currently available are a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from £314,995 for a one-bedroom apartment and Help to Buy also available. To find out more please visitwww.barrattlondon.co.uk or call 03300578961.