Project will create a buzz in borough

Children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend, which is one of the schools taking part in the educational project.
Children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend, which is one of the schools taking part in the educational project.

A biodiversity project designed to protect, preserve and increase North Tyneside’s bee population has been given the green light.

A commitment has been made by North Tyneside Council to ensure the future of the borough’s bees after a decline over the last 70 years.

From the creation of bee habitats and the introduction of hives in a number of parks, to resident awareness workshops and education in schools, the council has put together a plan.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “People don’t often appreciate just how important bees are to us – honeybees, for example, are vital to our food chain.

“It’s estimated that one third of our food is pollinated by the insects, so the decline is worrying. I am delighted that we have begun work on this vital scheme.”

Plans to increase wildflower planting across the borough will create another environment for the insects to flourish and nest, as well as providing flowers for them to feed on.