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In a buzz over award
Monday 7th September 2015 @ 19:54 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton News


The Friends of King George V Playing Fields are celebrating after being nominated for a Green Flag ‘Bees’ Needs Award.

The Friends have an apiary in the park where they have four bee hives outside and an observation hive
inside the Georgie Porgie’s Café.

Members of the bee team can often be seen around the park with their bee suits on, inspecting the hives or showing local schools and community groups around the
observation hive.

It was Pollinator Awareness Week recently and the Friends saw it as an opportunity to raise awareness of pollinator needs and encourage everyone to take action to support pollinators.

The Friends were nominated for Defra’s Champion of Champions Award and members of the ‘bee team’ were invited down to the Defra Offices.

The ceremony took place in the atrium of Nobel House, Defra’s London office, where over 25 different champions were present.

The award seeks to recognise excellent best practice in land management which supports pollinators across five categories: schools, farmers, local authorities, community groups, and the construction
industry, and to crown the best of the best.

Defra policy advisor on the Nature Improvement Programme Jen Taylor, complimented the efforts of the Friends of King George V Playing Fields and said: “We have been extremely impressed by your efforts to support pollinators, and your success in being nominated for the Green Flag ‘Bees’ Needs’ Award.”