HAMMERSMITH COMMUNITY GARDENS ASSOCIATION

Beekeeping at Phoenix Farm

We would like to build a new, safe area for beekeeping at Phoenix Farm in White City. This will mean visiting school children, members of the public and volunteers can learn about bees, see them up close and understand how important they are for food production, plants and humans.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1111999)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£5,105

Donations

60

Championed by The Big Give Trust

    Categories

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

The UK's native bee, the black bee has experienced a decline in numbers due to a parasite brought to the UK by introduced Italian bees. Bee numbers in general are in decline in the UK due to pesticide use, climate change and habitat destruction. The loss of green spaces and wild flowers in urban and suburban areas has had a particularly severe impact on bees and other polinators. Bees are essential for most plants to reproduce and therefore the decline in bees impacts on food production.

Solution

By installing new hives at Phoenix Farm of native black bees we will be increasing the black bee populations in the UK. We will also be planting bee friendly plants around the hive area. By making a safe 'bee viewing' area and purchasing bee suits for both adults and children, we will be able to include bees in the educational school visits which take place on the farm. Educating people on the importance of bees and inspiring them to care will ensure bees and their habitats are protected.