Students from Ardgillan Community College create Bee friendly garden

March 26, 2019 0

Fourth year students in Ardgillan Community College, Sophie Mahon, Keelin Tapley, Holly Davis, Aisling Woods, and Robyn Gleeson eco UNESCO project aims to raise awareness about the importance of bees. After finding out about how we are so dependent on solitary bees to pollinate our food, the girls were inspired to do something that will actually help bee populations, as opposed to simply raising awareness about their plight. They had learned that habitat loss due to farming and deforestation/urbanisation had led to a decline in bees in recent years, and so they decided to give back to the hardy pollinators that had given so much to us.

beeTheir Bee-autiful Junkyard is aimed at improving the environment in our school to make it a more suitable places for the wildlife, specifically bees. Bees are important to our environment because they pollinate our flowers so that more can grow.

The first step in starting their project to build the Bee-autiful junkyard was to get permission from the principal and vice principals. They also got in touch with their technology teacher to ask for his advice and assistance. They were given  the go ahead by all and we got working.

The group brainstormed about what each of them wanted to include in the garden so that all their ideas were all brought together and everyone had a say.  It was hard to fit everything so that each plant got the right level of sun while also ensuring that there will be plants growing all year around.

One of their main considerations was incorporating a lot of recycled materials into the garden; they decided to use pipes, tires and plastic bottles. The garden has to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional so they planned to make everything colourful as well.

With their plan ready, they drew up a list of supplies so that the school could put in an order. They then ordered all of the necessary flowers, soil and equipment and they started collecting recycled bottles at this time as well.

After all the prep was done they were finally able to start actually building the garden.

The  Bee-autiful Junkyard is a safe haven for bees in our school consisting of nectar rich flowers and a bee hotel. A bee hotel is a place that solitary bees can go to build their nest. Solitary bees are different from honey bees and bumble bees because they do not belong to a hive instead using bee hotels as a home. They are less likely to sting and are responsible for around a third of all the food we eat. However, they are still pollinators which makes them important!

The vast majority of materials used in the garden as plant pots are recycled such as old tyres, used water bottles, scrap piping and pallets from a nearby building site. They wanted to recycle these materials so that they weren’t sent to landfill causing more pollution in our environment.

To find out more about their project visit https://beeautifuljunkyard.home.blog/