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Pollinators have a positive impact for prison

A beekeeping project has been boosted by a seed donation from Kings.

Wildflower seeds worth around £100 were given to a new group at HMP Warren Hill in Suffolk. Having started with two healthy hives in April this year, the group is now successfully managing four thriving honeybee colonies.

Prison officer Philip Bennett explains the donation’s impact, “This seed means we’re able to supplement our current planting with an abundance of nectar and pollen, ensuring the continued health and success of our bees.

“Our new apiculture project is just one of the types of work and training available at Warren Hill to help prisoners gain the key skills they need to turn their lives around on release.

“This seed donation will contribute to the success of the project, making an improvement to the prison environment as well as having an ecological impact by providing an additional food source for our countryside’s pollinators.”

The donation follows other recent seed contributions to Reaseheath College and the Royal Agricultural University, where the established crops are similarly benefitting local wildlife while also acting as an educational tool.

Kings manager Richard Barnes added, “It’s great that this seed is helping people as well as pollinators. We’ll continue to work with the Warren Hill beekeepers and I look forward to hearing how the project progresses.”

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