Countryside LIVE 2017

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Countryside LIVE 2017

The 12th consecutive Countryside Live event took place this year at the Ledston Estate, near Castleford, on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May.  The mission of the Countryside Learning is a simple one.  It is to educate, inform and inspire children, parents and teachers, so that they can enjoy and appreciate the countryside while having a greater understanding of the wide range of issues surrounding it.

This year, amongst the exhibitors, Barkston Ash Beekeepers (BABKA) and Leeds Beekeepers (LBKA) jointly managed the beekeeping presentation to the teachers, parents and children who attended the event.  This is the 5th year of collaboration between our associations to provide the resources and personnel to manage the event as a fun day for the school children who attend.

The Wednesday started out fine but the weather steadily deteriorated during the course of the day giving way to light rain.  However, the sun did shine for us all day long on the Thursday providing a pleasantly warm day.  But under the cover of the 80 metre long marquees, all of the exhibitors remained dry and cosy.

For the beekeeping exhibition, the day was divided into 30 minute slots with schools able to book a slot in advance.  In our section of the marquee, teachers and pupils from a school were greeted at the entrance and each given a colour coded sticker dividing the school into 4 groups.

All of the pupils from a school were given a brief Powerpoint presentation by LBKA members before moving round each of 4 “stations” for a 5 minute presentation.  The stations visited by each group in turn were –

  • Honey Tasting
  • Dressing up in Beesuits – Photo Shoot
  • Observation Hive – “Find the Queen”
  • Life in the Beehive – Cutaway Hive

Over the course of the 2 days, 17 schools had booked 30 minute slots to attend our exhibition with several trying unsuccessfully to book on the day.  In total, 479 children had a beekeeping experience with us and will have learnt some important information about the bees.  We hope that some of the children who were enthralled by the experience will become the beekeepers of the tomorrow.

A big thank you to Rebekah Jenkins, Sandy Goodall, Sally Goodall, Tony Bowes, Helen Gregory, Sue Price, Chriss Line, Cath Graham, Dave Cook, Trish Naughton Liza Kinder, Allison Eagle-Heaton, Kim Walters, Ann Chamley and Angela Utley for giving their time to make this event possible for the children.

Chriss Line
Barkston Ash Beekeepers

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