They're all buzzing about bees in Toxteth

Video report by ITV Granada Reports reporter Paul Crone.


Children in Toxteth have been buzzing about beekeeping thanks to a special project which aims to highlight how important insects are to our survival.

Under the watchful eye of local 'bee whisperer' Barry Chang, dozens of children, aged between 6 and 11 years old, have donned beekeeping suits over the summer to tend to the hives and extract honey.

24 hives, each with thousands of bees, are split between two sites, at the Caribbean Centre and on the roof of nearby John Archer Hall.

It follows a grant of almost £20,000 rom Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's Community Environment Fund to teach, train and mentor people about beekeeping.

The Community Environment Fund paid for new hives, bees, beekeeping equipment and classes.

The project aims to bring beekeeping to people unable to afford the cost of keeping hives - while educating communities about the importance of bees

Honey extracted from the hives is being sold - with the income put back into the project to establish a sustainable model.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:

"From wildflower meadows and community farms, to improving air quality and producing Toxteth honey, people in all areas of our region are taking grassroots action to improve their local environment and ensure that our children grow up aware of the world around them and learning how to protect it.''

Anyanna Nduke from ACE, who applied for the Community Environment Fund grant said: "We've even been able to engage with primary school children in the area over the summer - our junior beekeepers - teaching them about biodiversity.

"It's about empowerment and raising aspirations and we've enjoyed every minute.

Save Our Bees was among 58 projects across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral that were supported by the £500k Community Environment Fund.

These projects contribute to the city region's green commitment by promoting community engagement in local programmes that lead to more awareness of environmental issues.