Who we are:
St Mary’s Secret Garden is an open access garden in Haggerston - Hackney that has been providing community access and horticultural therapy for over 25 years to people who may be socially excluded or disadvantaged.
About Project Buzzin'...
St Mary’s Secret Garden, with support from Team London and Thrive LDN, is looking for young people from Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington to volunteer as part of a new beekeeping project called Buzzin’.
Session begin on Monday 3 June.
Further sessions are taking place on Mondays between 12pm - 2pm.
We recommend people who have not already signed up get in touch to organise a visit before they come to the Monday sessions.
Organisation wishing to bring groups of young people are asked to contact us to organise a group taster day.
A second programme is planned to run later in the summer.
Who is it for?
Buzzin’ is aimed particularly at young people with learning disabilities, those not currently in education, employment or training, and young people who have not volunteered before.
What you will be learning...
The young people will work with our resident beekeeper Mark Patterson and other staff at the Garden to develop their confidence, skills and experience of enterprise, learning how to keep bees in an urban environment while enjoying the diverse and lush green space the garden has to offer.
The young people will have the opportunity to learn the basics of beekeeping, identifying and creating habitats for all pollinators and craft activities associated with honey and beeswax.
What will the young people do with what they have learned?
Young people who have taken part will benefit from increased confidence and public speaking skills. After they have learnt and practised bee keeping they will lead school groups on bee tours of the garden, and develop employment skills by visiting our City of London partner businesses.
How do I sign up?
Anyone interested in taking part in this project should contact us to find out more.
Mark, the bee keeper on Buzzin' won an award in the 'Food on Prescription' category at this years Urban Food Awards for his work working with young people with learning disabilities in special schools on bee keeping projects.
Record Last Updated on: 06/06/2019