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Queen’s Park residents buzzing thanks to GHA partnership

Admin, June 7, 2016

Bees pic 2Tenants at a Queen’s Park sheltered housing complex are enjoying the buzz created by a brand new wildlife project.

Thanks to funding from GHA’s Better Lives fund, two beehives – containing around 40,000 bees – have been built at Crosshill Avenue sheltered complex.

An unused piece of land at the complex has also been upgraded.

Staff from Scotland’s largest social housing landlord teamed up with Plan Bee, to set up the hives.

The project is set to help with pollination of flowers at the complex, as well as providing residents with a treat – their own bespoke-branded jars of honey.

And tenants of the complex are welcoming the sweet deal, as the money raised from selling the honey will go to the tenants’ gardening fund.

Frances Boyle, who lives at the complex, said:

“I feel it’s absolutely brilliant, especially at a time when we’re talking about flowers and bees and how important they are.”

Fellow resident, Mary Wood, added:

“I think it’s very good for the environment and to increase the bee population. Also, I’m looking forward to some honey.”

GHA Chair Gordon Sloan added:

“We have worked with Plan Bee on a few projects, to the benefit of the surrounding environment and our tenants – and these new beehives will be no exception.

“Our sheltered housing tenants enjoy spending time in their gardens, and Crosshill Avenue will flourish thanks to the activity of the bees themselves, as well as the money raised for their gardening fund from selling the honey produced.”