We’re buzzing after developing a very different new partnership – making a £7,000 donation to The Bee Centre.
We’ve sponsored four hives at its apiaries in Lancashire, helping it to deliver its essential work creating habitats and increasing the UK’s bee population.
The Chorley-based Centre delivers training for beekeeping and bee-breeding, and works with the public sector and landowners to create habitats and ‘pollinator corridors’.
Our donation will support its teams to breed bees and deliver sustainable and ethical beekeeping – essential to biodiversity, habitat creation and environmental efforts. It covers the costs of four hives for the next two years along with five educational visits and 200 jars of honey for us to share with our participants, staff and supporters.
The donation has also allowed us to run team-building and wellbeing days – particularly important after our busiest year to date. Staff and volunteer teams have been enjoying Bee Experience days at the apiaries, connecting with nature and learning about the environment.
Simon Cordingley, Head Drone at The Bee Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with Recycling Lives Charity. Their generous support will help us to deliver significant environmental value on their behalf.
“We also really enjoy working with the Charity’s teams. Our award-winning bee experiences are helping participants to better understand the importance of bees and pollinators while also supporting mental health and wellbeing. It certainly seems to leave them buzzing!”
Recycling Lives Charity’s Chief Executive, Alasdair Jackson, added: “As our name suggests, environmental concerns have always been central to our work – we recycle waste electricals through our rehabilitation programme and divert food waste from landfill through our food redistribution programme.
“Sponsoring The Bee Centre allows us to support more vital environmental work. Seeing the teams’ enthusiasm, commitment and knowledge is inspiring. We’re really glad this donation will help them to not only deliver their work but also educate people about the importance of bees and habitats.”
To learn more about The Bee Centre UK, visit: www.thebeecentre.org