19th November 2020 — The school has long taken its responsibility to the local community and wider environment extremely seriously and has introduced a wide range of recycling and environmental projects over the past few years. One of the most recent additions to the school was their Kitchen Garden, where the boys enjoy planting, tending to and harvesting their own produce to use in their Cooking & Nutrition lessons. In fact, over the first national lockdown, The Beacon’s Cooking & Nutrition teacher, Kim Rowland, used the school’s produce as ingredients for meals she and her community cooked for frontline staff in local hospitals.
It was when planning a bee-friendly flower patch in their Kitchen Garden that the school first investigated the idea of funding their own beehives. The incredibly helpful team at The Chalfonts Beekeepers’ Society were delighted to help and supplied 800 jars of locally-sourced honey for the school to sell to its community in order to fund two beehives to be located near the school.
“We have had an amazing response to our appeal,” said The Beacon’s Headmaster, Will Phelps. “Over half of the honey jars have been purchased in just under a week and we are well on track to be able to fund our very own beehives. It was incredibly important to us that we support our local honey producers, while doing what we can at school to encourage our boys to be more aware of the impact of our local plant life when planting bee-friendly flowering plants at school and at home.”
“The Chalfonts Beekeepers’ Society is excited to be involved with this initiative at The Beacon School,” agrees the Society’s Secretary, Gillian Jones. “This activity strongly resonates with our main objective to educate the public in the craft of beekeeping, which covers not only the art of keeping bees, but also sustainability by ensuring there are enough flowering plants for the bees. We are also delighted to have the school join our club and we look forward to welcoming the boys to visit their hives, which are to be managed at our Chesham Apiary.”