Chester schools get to bee friendly

This summer Grosvenor Shopping Centre is aiming to help make Chester the most bee-friendly city in the country, with the help of some busy bees from local primary schools.

The centre’s #BEEfriendlyChester campaign will be educating and encouraging Chester to ‘bee-friendly’, with events hosted in the centre from 27th July to 1st September, including live hive workshops, scuttlebee kids play zone, fun activities, bee flower seed giveaways, local honey sellers and education demonstrations.

Barrow CofE Primary School, Millview Primary School and Boughton Heath Academy school children took part in full day art workshops with local artist, Faith Bebbington, who has been commissioned by the shopping centre to create a 5ft Queen Bee, which will be on display at the centre throughout the summer. The gigantic bee will be made out of recyclable material and Faith worked with the Chester school children to construct giant flowers, which will accompany the Queen Bee.

Faith Bebbington is a dynamic figurative sculptor who captures movement and humanises public spaces with her amazing artwork. In recent years she has been commissioned by various cities to create artwork using only recycled materials.

Julie Webb, centre manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to create a fun and engaging event to help save our bees!

“Over the last two decades, bees all over the globe have been disappearing by the millions, and here in Chester it’s a huge issue too. Our inspiration came when we decided to introduce our own bee garden on the centre’s roof and then more and more people wanted to help get involved in encouraging Chester to fight the plight of our humble honeybee.

Our #BEEfriendlyChester event is for all generations. We’re aiming to educate and provide activities for both children and adults, with a pledge for the city to bee- friendly this summer. “

The pledge can be found at

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