A golden harvest from Carbis Bay school hives
CHILDREN and staff from a Carbis Bay school are celebrating producing their first batch of honey.
In the spring, St Uny C of E School became the first Cornish primary school to keep bees; a grant from the Community Awards Scheme helped it create a purpose-built apiary and purchase the equipment needed to keep and care for bees.
Since the first colony arrived small groups of children, supported by experienced beekeepers, have watched the hive inspections, learned how the colony thrives and how honey is made.
It was not thought likely the hive would produce honey in the first season but this week a group of nine children were delighted when they removed the honey from the hive, took part in an extraction process and filled more than ten jars.
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Head teacher Lyn McNamara said: "Outdoor learning is part of how we deliver the curriculum at St Uny; all our children spend time in our polytunnel learning space, pond, spiritual garden and shaded habitats every week.
"Three years ago we also planted an orchard of endangered Cornish variety apples and we have, this week, also had our first apple harvest. We intend to make our harvest focus 'Apples and Honey' later this month and all the children will taste the apples and honey grown and produced in their school grounds.
"What better way to make the wonder of nature real to such young children?"
She said the school and children would particularly like to thank their Outdoor Learning volunteer David Wood, their consultant beekeeper Andrew Beard, West Cornwall Beekeepers' Association and the Community Award Scheme.