Plan Bee for saving the planet
- Briony Cullin
- 28 September 2018
How a spoonful of honey helps the sustainability message go down
A business on the outskirts of Motherwell is leading the charge in raising awareness of bee population decline.
Alison Bell is the operations director at Plan Bee, a North Lanarkshire business that offers beehive adoption, management and educational services. Bell explains that educating young people across Scotland about the threat to bees and the impact of population decline is a key element in getting their environmental message out there.
'Most of our work is focused on education. As 2018 is the Year of Young People, we're excited to have beehive management introduced to the Scottish curriculum,' says Bell. 'This means that children are learning more about the environment as part of their education.
'Schools who have beehives, or access to beehives, can use these to educate students across their STEM subjects. Beehive management touches all areas of education – biology, mathematics, science.'
Plan Bee have also launched a project with VisitScotland where school kids have taken over hives at House for an Art Lover in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park and will take part in education workshops to look after 40,000 bees.
The business also produces raw honey, available under the Origin Honey brand, and have already won several awards for it. In addition, they've launched honeygar – apple cider vinegar, mixed with raw honey, which can be used as a salad dressing – and they're passionate about supporting and promoting local honey, which has the benefits of not requiring processing and enjoying a long shelf life.
So why are bees so important to us? 'Bees really do tie everything together,' insists Bell. 'One third of the food we eat in the UK is pollinated by bees. If bee populations continue to decline, we'll see a dramatic impact on the food we have available to buy and consume. This is a message people really need to understand and appreciate – without bees, our food will be in short supply.'