YOUTH organization is buzzing after receiving over £ 5,000 to start a beekeeping project.
The 6 Foot Lab initiative, led by Eva and Pawel Jakubowski, started as a project to provide young people with a safe place to go, but has taken off.
The group is already enjoying the carpentry and electromechanical projects, but the grant of £ 5,600 from the National Lottery Community Fund they received will help them create beehives at Greenock Cut.
Eventually, the group will form the Young Beekeeper Association Greenock, but with training currently suspended due to COVID-19, the group is learning how to care for beehives with virtual online training sessions.
Eva, who lives in Greenock, said: “This project is hopefully a great way for us to learn more about bees and create an opportunity for the young people involved to get involved in our group.
“My son, Franek, was involved in a beekeeping project when he was attending Notre Dame High School, so we are very excited to start the project.”
Although they can’t get together at the moment, the teens have learned the skills needed through online resources and videos.
Eva said: “We delivered a movie to the members about beekeeping as well as other activities they can do while it all stopped.
“We are really looking forward to getting back together and I hope we can find a suitable place to meet in the future.”
Eva hopes that beekeeping will develop in the region.
She added: “I really hope that by showing that there is an interest in beekeeping locally, more people will get involved and the council may be able to offer its support.”
For more information on the association of young beekeepers of 6Foot Lab, or to register, visit their group’s Facebook page.