Inverurie Scouts help Barratt to ‘Bee’ Prepared

Cubs and Beavers from Inverurie Scout Group with Mascot 'Barry Barratt' and Barry Davidson, Finance Director at Barratt Homes
Cubs and Beavers from Inverurie Scout Group with Mascot 'Barry Barratt' and Barry Davidson, Finance Director at Barratt Homes

Cubs and Beavers from Inverurie Scout Group have teamed up with Barratt Homes to help protect the area’s population of honey bees by planting a bee friendly garden at the house builder’s Osprey Heights development in Inverurie.

As part of Community Week activities, the green-fingered scouts helped to create a flower display using honey bee-friendly plants, encouraging home owners at Osprey Heights and in the wider community to do the same.

The initiative is part of Barratt Homes’ commitment to support the British Bee Keeping Association, after a third of all honey bee colonies were lost over the winter of 2012/2013. It will see bee friendly gardens planted at 400 Showhomes across the UK.

Douglas McLeod, Regional Director for Barratt Scotland, said: “After learning about the decline in the population of honey bees and how important they are for our landscape we wanted to get involved straight away.

“All of our homes and developments have outside spaces so we have been working with our landscape teams to carefully select species of plants and flowers which will secure a pollen larder in a bid to support local bee colonies.

“It is not only important for us to make our homeowners aware of bee friendly gardens but also the local community and that’s why we wanted to involve the local cubs and beavers group to teach them the importance of protecting the bees in their community.”