BBC's Brigit Brings Bee Talk to East the Water School

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By Hyperlocal | Thursday, September 16, 2010, 13:44

Brigit Strawbridge, star of the BBC programme It's Not Easy Being Green, has been to East the Water Primary School in Bideford to talk about biodiversity and the roles bees have to

play in our local environment.

Organised

by Torridge District Council Officer Amanda Wycherley and funded by

the Torridge Action Group for Sustainability (TAGS), Brigit addressed

an assembly of 200 pupils before talking to smaller groups of

children in their classrooms. They learnt all about bees and how

important they are for our environment, and Brigit

explained the importance of (and difference between) honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees, the problems they face and what we can

all do to help them.

Brigit

said, “I love being here in this part of Devon. Perhaps because the

natural environment is so wonderful, the people are too! Certainly,

the children I have been talking to today have been very receptive,

excellent listeners and have asked some very insightful questions.

They are our future and their obvious awareness of the importance of

their local environment is wonderful in children so young and a real

credit to their parents and school.”

Torridge

District Council’s Lead Member for Youth, Roger Johnson added, “It

would be easy for the young people in Torridge to take everything we

have all around us for granted, but having listened to some of the

youngsters at the East the Water Primary School clearly this is not

the case. It’s great to see children caring so much about their

environment and taking such an interest in Brigit’s talk.”

Adam Buckeridge, Deputy Head at East the Water Primary School added,

“Brigit’s bee workshops with the students were excellent. We’re

very proud here that children are taught from an early age about the

importance of their natural environment, and today has reinforced

this message in a fun and interesting way.”

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