Bee Awareness at the College

September 21, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Earlier in the year, the College Environmental Group were proud to receive an award for the outstanding work that has been done to create and maintain a butterfly garden on campus; an award that is only given to gardens that have proved successful for attracting butterflies for at least two to three seasons. The College is amongst very few habitats to have received the award.

The good work continued over the weekend. This month is Bee Awareness month and many students came in over the weekend to plant rows of trees, bushes and flowers to attract bees into the Butterfly Gardens.

The students have become very aware of the importance of bees in the life cycle of plants and, subsequently, the food chain. If bees die out, so will humans, as a third of our food is pollination dependent. The students are establishing nectar and pollen supplies in a garden that is free from pesticides. So far lavender, sage, alyssum, thyme and geraniums, to name a few, have been established.

Saint Kentigern was added to the 'Plan Bee' map being compiled by NZ Gardener after their work on Saturday.

'If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.'

Albert Einstein

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