Bed & Breakfast for Bees

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme, where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Tesco Bags of Help
Bed & Breakfast for Bees

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme, where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.
 
 
The 'Bed & Breakfast for Bees' project at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in south Leeds is about creating homes and wildflower rich food supplies for bees and other pollinating insects.

Issues including climate change, habitat loss and use of pesticides are making trouble for pollinating insects, with half of our bumblebee species, two-thirds of our moths and 71% of our butterflies in long term decline. Yet one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollination by these insects taking place.


At Skelton Grange's 10 acre nature area and education centre, we have engaged volunteers from the local community to restore, improve and sow wildflower meadows; create an accessible demonstration, nectar-rich flower bed; build a Grand Minibeast Hotel for solitary and bumble bees; and introduced bee hives to the Skelton Grange site. We are managing and using these in the longer term not only to improve opportunities for pollinators, but as an education resource to raise awareness amongst the 6500 annual visitors to Skelton Grange of actions they can take at home to help bees too.
 

"The volunteers have done an amazing job and we've already seen a lot of excitement from visitors when they see the Grand Minibeast Hotel! We're doing all we can to help protect British native bees and we thank Tesco for offering us 'Bags of Help' to do so." Ralph Walker - Skelton Grange Administrator
 
 
We always have loads of volunteering opportunities plus special events and courses going on at the centre!

For a list of events visit: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/courses-events
For a list of volunteering opportunities visit: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

The project aims to promote an understanding of environmental issues to children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities, and demonstrate environmental good practice. It also provides specialist help, information and resources on all aspects of environmental education. Since opening in 1992, education and training has been provided through the centre for over 200,000 people and it now has a national reputation for excellence and innovation in the field.

The centre is a partnership between The Conservation Volunteers and National Grid, with support from Leeds City Council.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SkeltonGrangeEnvironmentCentre
Twitter: twitter.com/SkeltonGrange


Donations to the centre can be made by searching for Skelton Grange Environment Centre on the www.localgiving.com website.