New Prince’s Trust project is creating a buzz at Garnock Community Campus
A new Prince’s Trust project is creating a buzz at Garnock Community Campus.
The Beehavin’ initiative has seen an apiary installed at the school, giving pupils the opportunity to learn about beekeeping while working towards the National Progression Award Beekeeping SCQF level 5 award.
Pupils will be supported by teaching staff and volunteers from the Scottish Beekeepers Association.
The main aim of the project is to develop pupils’ knowledge about food and the environment, as well as developing strong community links by encouraging parents and the wider community of Garnock Valley to participate in the project.
Local businesses, in particular the large farming community in the school catchment area, will be encouraged to get involved as the Beehavin’ project will have a direct impact on their environment and the productivity of their crops.
There is scope for the existing colony to be expanded in future to create a business producinghoney that can be sold to raise funds for environmental regeneration and reinvestment.
Garnock Campus Head Teacher Alan Dick said: “Beehavin' is a fantastic project for Garnock Community Campus.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, DYW Ayrshire and the SQA, as well as several local beekeepers.
“The pupils and staff have really enjoyed finding out about beekeeping and I'm sure all their hard work will pay off soon when we start selling our very own Garnock honey!“
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: “We are delighted to see this project get under way at Garnock Community Campus.
“Not only will pupils learn the art of beekeeping, but there will also be the chance for pupils to build on their enterprise and community engagement skillsas the scheme progresses.”
Walter Smith, Prince’s Trust Ayrshire Chairman,said: “Beehavin is the 75th Innovative Schools Project that we’ve launched in Ayrshire, aimed at helping young people improve their employability skills, increase their confidence and change behaviours.
“The Apiary will allow pupils at Garnock Community Campus to develop beekeeping skills and enhance their knowledge of sustainability, but the Beehavinproject is for the wider community too, with parents, residents and local businesses being encouraged to take part.”