Blackburne House has been awarded almost £86,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to set up a Bee project in Merseyside. The Project which will support the growth of Hope Street Honey, Blackburne House’s existing urban Honey bee project, and boost the local urban honey bee population. Hope Street Honey is an innovative charitable project to encourage communities across Merseyside to turn their hand to beekeeping and help halt the decline in bee numbers and  is the first project in the area ever to secure funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund. 

Blackburne House, partnered with the British Beekeepers Association, will receive almost £86,000 to encourage community groups, tenants associations and individuals to install hives in community and shared space, encouraging bees to thrive across the Merseyside area. There is concern about the impact of the changing climate on bee populations and recent studies seem to show that numbers are declining.    

Andrea Rushton from Blackburne House- We are now able to tackle issues of climate change locally by distributing bee hives and training the next generation of beekeepers to help the plight of the honey bee. 

On behalf of Blackburne House and the British Beekeepers Association we would like to say a huge thank you to the players of the people’s postcode lottery for their support. We are quite literally ‘buzzing’ with anticipation to get the project started!

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said; “We are very excited to be supporting our first project in Merseyside. This is a really innovative and simple plan to contribute to boosting bee numbers across the area and get communities involved in their care and conservation.’’ 

The project was one of four from across Britain to secure support from the Dream Fund which asks charities to work with partners to carry out the project of their dreams.  This year, applications were invited from Scotland, Manchester and Merseyside.

The winners were announced last night (Thursday 31 January) at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  

For more information on The Bee Project and Blackburne House contact Andrea Rushton on 0151 708 3922 or email AndreaRushton@blackburnehouse.co.uk

For More information on Hope Street Honey, contact Project Manager Lesley Reith on 0151 709 4356 ext 2238 or email LesleyReith@blackburnehouse.co.uk

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