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Local school children have learned how to help protect the British honey bee after meeting a beekeeper at a new homes development in Brixworth.

Beekeeper Keith Marlow met children from Brixworth Primary School at Barratt Homes’ Saxon Rise development to teach them why bees are so important.

The children spent an afternoon learning about bees in the garden of the Saxon Rise showhome, which features bee friendly plants, and took part in a quiz to win a ‘bee hotel’. Each child was also given a pack of bee friendly plant seeds by the developer, which has teamed up with the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) nationally.

Rushden beekeeper and honey producer Keith Marlow said, “Honey bee numbers have been in decline for years and since so many plants rely on bees to transfer their pollen and continue their reproductive cycle this is something everyone should be aware of.

“By providing plants that are in bloom from February right through to October, we can give plentiful sources of pollen and nectar for honey bees and other pollinators.”

Head Teacher at Brixworth Primary School David Boucher said, “This was definitely a lesson with a twist, and hopefully the children will have learned why bees need protecting. We’re thankful to everyone involved for giving us their time and providing a unique learning experience with prizes for the children.”

Bee friendly plants bloom from early spring through to late autumn, and include roses, clematis, geraniums, buddleia, fuschias, poppies, pansies and fruit trees.

One in three mouthfuls of food consumed by humans is reliant upon pollination, including strawberries, apples, pears, chocolate, sweet peppers, chilies, margarine, mustard and herbs.

Alison Raine, Sales Director for Barratt Homes Northampton, said, “We want to do our bit to help boost bee numbers and raise awareness of the insects’ plight. We are planting bee friendly plants at our developments across Northamptonshire and would encourage people to plant bee friendly plants in their own gardens.”

Located off Northampton Road in Brixworth, Saxon Rise is a recently launched development providing 150 new homes over the coming months.

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