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Bees promoted and gazebos to be bought through Hitchin grants

Two people looking at honeybees
Volunteers from Buzzworks tending to honey bees at their educational centre in Hitchin

Two community groups have been awarded a total of £1,391* following a meeting of the Hitchin Committee on 28 March.

Friends of Whitehill and Highbury School was awarded £459 to buy three gazebos to use for events at both schools, as their existing gazebos are unfit for purpose. The gazebos will be available for events led by the Friends, the schools to use during the school day and for community groups who use the school sites for events and activities such as local scouts.

Karen Grant from Friends of Whitehill and Highbury School said: “We are really looking forward to putting these gazebos to good use at our upcoming summer events, they will be invaluable in providing shade to our volunteers and children.”

Beekeeper with two children in protective clothing looking at an apiary
A Buzzworks beekeeper showing some children an apiary

Buzzworks, a volunteer group that helps the community discover the world of bees, was awarded £932. The group will use the money to buy equipment for their educational sessions such as a microscope, UV dark box and gardening gloves. The group works hard to educate the public about the importance of bees to the environment.

Buzzworks said: “Thank you to North Herts Council for their very generous grant. It will help us to update the resources at the Education Centre and to encourage the community to improve and cherish our greenspaces. Bees need everyone to help provide the habitat they need to survive.”

Jeanette Thompson, Legal and Community Service Director, said: "Bees are vital to our ecosystem, pollinating much of the food we eat, so we are grateful to Buzzworks for continuing their great work in educating people about their importance. We are also pleased to help these schools’ Friends group to purchase new gazebos to enable them to support a busy events calendar for the local community.”

*subject to completion of necessary formalities

More information: Community grants

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