Students at the Mount Camphill Community College in Wadhurst can add beekeeping to the list of practical skills they can now learn.
Gas distribution company SGN has donated two special hives to the residential establishment, which offers specialist education for students with learning difficulties aged between 16 and 25.
The new ‘Golden Hives’ have a wax cloth covering the top of the frames, which minimises the impact of the hive being opened frequently. The bees are calmer as the inner climate of their hive is protected.
Pamela Goee, SGN’s Head of Community, explained why the company was keen to help the college: “It is widely accepted now that the UK’s bee population is in decline, and beekeeping is one area in which SGN, as a responsible company, can make a contribution.”