A big thank you to all those who applied for a 2012 Bee Lovely Grant.
We had a fantastic response with over 220 applications. We were bowled over with the response and loved hearing from so many bee lovely campaigners, community groups and organisations all over the UK.
After a very difficult judging process, we're thrilled to announce
this year's Bee Lovely Grant winners:
a project focused on delivering environmental regeneration that supports several sustainable beekeeping initiatives across London.
Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead
will be purchasing a new observational hive to educate beekeepers with their grant.
The Shrill Carder Bee Habitat Project
Gwent Wildlife Trust is a local initiative based around habitat creation and wildflower planting to help save a rare bumblebee.
Ground Control at
SHARE Community London
a charity based at Springfield Hospital, will be planting new bee-friendly herb beds to promote the learning and wellbeing of their patients.
Green Lane Herb Link
Totnes will use their grant to buy beehives that will be used in beekeeping training and craft courses at their 'Herbal Healing Garden'.
Durham Wildlife Trust
Big Buzz Project will be running the Buzz About Darlington Project for a second year, working with local schools and community groups to promote the importance of bees and bee-friendly plants.
Edible Landscape Movement (ELM)
(ELM) is an inner city project in Bristol, focused on food growing in urban spaces. They will be building more hives and getting natural beekeeping training up and running to help increase crop yield on their social enterprise.
Our Bee Lovely Friends
We would also like to give a big thank you to Project Dirt
, the UK's most active green social network, for helping us spread word far and wide about the Bee Lovely Grant. And to our amazing judges who helped us with the very tough process of selecting our winners: John Vidal, Environmental Editor at The Guardian
, Paul de Zylva at Friends of the Earth
, Phil Chandler from Biobees
, Richard Scott at Landlife
and Sophie Maher at Eden Project
. Your help was invaluable and much appreciated.