Home for bees at housing scheme

A community group is buzzing after receiving some useful funds from a housing developer.

Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 7:38 am
Updated Friday, 4th October 2019, 11:00 pm
Fenwick Rice, Blossom Park sales adviser Claire Armstrong and Peter Thurn, another member of the beekeeping club.

Barratt Developments North East has launched a new community fund initiative designed to support charities and organisations in the areas in which it builds.

As part of this, it is supporting Pegswood Community Beekeeping Club, near to the new Barratt Homes Blossom Park scheme.

The £1,000 donation will contribute towards rebuilding the office and classroom used by members.

The club is open to all residents of Pegswood and the surrounding area who are interested in honey bees, beekeeping and the environment.

In addition, the wildlife-friendly garden at Blossom Park’s show home has been fitted with a variety of features to cater to the local wildlife, including a bee hotel that provides a home for bumblebees on the development.

This was designed in line with RSPB standards.

Fenwick Rice, a representative from Pegswood Community Beekeeping Club, said: “As a small community group, we are always grateful for donations and we thank Barratt Homes deeply for its generous contribution.

“It will help us carry on with our mission to save bees and spark interest in beekeeping among our community.”

Although concerns were raised by people living next to the development, the scheme for land north-east of Hebron Avenue was approved by a majority vote at a meeting of Northumberland County County Council’s strategic planning committee.