College creates a buzz with new beekeeping course

DO you want to learn how to make honey? Blackburne House is seeking 600 young people for their BEE You Project, teaching the ancient art of beekeeping and enterprise skills. The City of Liverpool College has partnered with The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme and Blackburne House to provide this unique programme to young people aged 15-24 years old. Students will be taught everything from how to make the frames used within beehives to working with bees and how to extract the honey. Once the course is completed, they will also gain a Lantra Level 1 Award in Beekeeping and how to take honey products to market. Rachel Clarke, Student Engagement Officer at The City of Liverpool College, said: “The new beekeeping course is a great way for students to gain valuable skills and knowledge, whilst also having fun as they learn about the craft of making honey. “The course will generate a great buzz around the college and we are looking forward to tasting the first batch of honey.” Blackburne House is in the process of donating a beehive and colony to the college’s Learning Exchange on Roscoe Street to support the beekeeping class. The BEE You Project is part of “Our Bright Future”, a £33 million national programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and led by The Wildlife Trust. The college will also be delivering a new evening programme on beekeeping which is open to all students. It is estimated that the 600 learners will be responsible for the support of 200 hives in developed green spaces across Merseyside and will introduce an additional 12 million honey bees to the area, allowing the production of approximately 12,000 pounds of local honey. Lynne Kavanagh, Recruitment & Engagement Officer at Blackburne House, said: “Blackburne House and ‘Our Bright Future’ are working together to engage with young people who have an interest in the environment. “Many of the students who are attending the evening programme are also involved in a new preserve-making enterprise, which is being supported by The City of Liverpool College’s Students’ Union and the NUS’ Student Eats.” For more information visit www.blackburnehouse.co.uk/education/bee-you-project/