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With bees under significant threat in the UK, we’ve set up The Big Bee Project to inspire Mancunians to make their gardens, streets and communities more bee-friendly. Visit our Instagram-worthy installation from 15-28 April to capture bright and beautiful photos, learn all about bees, and help make a difference to one lucky, local community group.

Wander through a pretty pergola of flowers whilst reading all about bees and how you can help save them at home. Then pop over to our giant honeypot to vote for your favourite community group to win a bee-friendly garden makeover. We’ll even give you a special packet of wildflower seeds to take home as a thank you.

To help you make a decision, here’s a little info about The Big Bee Project’s three finalists…

Caring for our Common Home at Wardley Home
This is an exciting project located in the grounds of Wardley Hall in Salford, which is the home of the Bishop of Salford. With climate change action in mind, it will soon offer a range of educational activities to people of all faiths and non-religious beliefs across Greater Manchester, including our schools and other community groups.

As well as forestry, bat conservation and recycling projects, the team at Warley Hall wants to create a brand new space especially for bees, where visitors can learn all about the much-loved creatures. This will include planting a range trees and plants that bees can pollinate and collect nectar from, and installing hives so that bees can make their honey!

Glodwick Infant and Nursery School
This school in Oldham has over 360 pupils from a range of different cultures and faiths. It is located in a residential area that has limited natural greenery, and so the school’s garden provides a fantastic sensory space for outdoor learning. Staff also arrange special outdoor events to bring families from the local community together to socialise, have fun and integrate.

Children at the school have already helped to create the new garden and now want to learn about different wildlife habitats by making the area more bee-friendly. This would include adding a diverse range of plants to attract bees throughout the year, and building ‘bee hotels’ and ‘bee nests’ using recycled materials.

Clayton Hall Living History Museum
Run entirely by volunteers in Clayton, the Hall and surrounding gardens is open to the public twice a month with free admission. During the rest of the month, the team welcomes schools and community groups from across Greater Manchester to learn about local history and our environment. They also host outdoor family events with a range of all-day activities – including Bug Hunts!
The garden area has been developed over several years to include flower beds, an orchard, a rockery and pond area that are perfect places for a picnic. After taking part in Manchester’s Bee in the City trail last year, the team now wants to make a bee-friendly area of the garden to help attract bees and educate visitors; including adding a range of new plants to create a wildflower meadow, and building three bee hives.

The Big Bee Project event is on from Monday 15 April until Sunday 28 April outside Topman on the lower mall.