Groundwork wins funds for Bee Buddies project

Environmental charity Groundwork has secured funding to expand a bee-keeping project in Sheffield called Bee Buddies.

Bee keeper training - image: Groundwork
Bee keeper training - image: Groundwork

Seven sites across the city will be chosen to become community apiaries; housing a total of 35 new honeybee colonies, amounting to 525,000 bees.

Grant-giving organisations Viridor Credits and Weston Garfield Foundation, which supported the project last year, gave a second round of grants to extend the initiative.

Each site will nominate two bee stewards who will work with the project’s head beekeeper to learn how to maintain their hives over a 12 month period.

Groundwork Sheffield launched the project last year to highlight and help halt a national crisis of honeybee population decline.

The Bee Buddies project introduced domestic honeybee hives in Sheffield’s urban spaces – locations like parks, allotments and rooftops.

Dates for the training courses are yet be confirmed, but those interested in attending can email Anna Cooper at

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