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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Girls make a beeline for the apiary

A DAY trip for youngsters from Howgill was definitely the bee’s knees.

The Howgill Girls’ Group met members from the Whitehaven & District Beekeeping Association apiary to learn all about bees.

The 10 girls, aged between nine and 12, opened up two beehives and inspected frames of bees.

The girls were lucky enough to see the queen bee and also saw a baby bee emerging from a cell.

Sharron Hall, girls’ group team leader, said: “The girls were really engaging and fascinated by the beehives. They were also brave to put on the bee suits, help inspect a hive and look for the queen bee!’’

The girls, from Whitehaven and surrounding areas, meet weekly and try different experiences to build their confidences and improve social relations.

Val Sullivan, secretary of W&DBKA talked to the girls about bee-friendly plants and showed them the new apiary garden.

Sarah Richards, W&DBKA social secretary, had made a honey cake for the girls to try and Val brought a jar of honey and some pollen to taste.

Sharron added: “The experience will go towards a presentation they will put together in December about their achievements.’’

The girls who attended will receive certificates for successfully completing the beekeeping course.

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