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Welling pensioners and schoolchildren create honey bee haven
PENSIONERS joined forces with schoolchildren to create a haven for the honey bee in Welling.
Tenants at Woodville Grove retirement home, in Ruskin Avenue, enjoyed a visit from children at nearby St Stephen’s School.
Together, they planted bee-friendly bulbs and seeds including crocuses, hyacinths and daffodils and beekeeper John Large, from Woodlands Farm in Shooters Hill, talked about the importance of bees.
Estate manager at Woodville Grove Marilyn Barker said: “We’re planting bulbs and seeds now so they will bloom in early spring when honey bees, the only bees which do not hibernate, start to forage for nectar and pollen as they rear new brood.
“We all felt we had to do our part because helping the honey bee will secure the diverse wildlife of this country for future generations.”
Grandmother-of-two Barbara Little added: “It’s obvious to people of my generation that you don’t see as many bees as when we were younger.
“It’s very sad they are under threat.”
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