Beelines Schools Competition

Beelines Schools Competition

Beelines Schools Competition

The Beelines Schools Programme

Schools can make a difference by educating future generations on how to make practical changes in the way we manage the land in urban and rural areas.

Although originally extensive, chalk grassland now covers just 5,608ha of the National Park (4% of its total area). During World War Two many of the chalk grassland sites in the South Downs were ploughed up and have remained under cultivation. More recent intensification of farming methods has contributed to the fragmentation of this important habitat making it harder for key pollinator species, such as bees and the Adonis Blue butterfly, to thrive and move around our countryside.

This is bad news for everyone as pollinators are not only an important part of the food chain, they are vital to the growing of most of the food we eat. But all is not lost…

Working with organisations across the downs we will look to provide greater connectivity by creating pollinator friendly habitats within schools and care farms, providing important stops for pollinators as they move between sites.

We want to work with schools within the national park to help them:

  1. Assess what they have for pollinators already
  2. Think about what they might do to raise awareness of what pollinators need
  3. Make changes in their school grounds and local community spaces for pollinators

To do this we have partnered with Learning through Landscapes to learn from their award winning Polli:Nation project and Plantlife to help us improve your school grounds.

 

Win a pollinator friendly habitat in your school grounds

If you want to take part:

  1. View the webinar workshop video – https://youtu.be/l3tDYJCScYk
  2. Look at our pollinator education resources available for download at the bottom of this page.
  3. Plan your dream spaces with your pupils and create a project proposal document which includes a project description, implementation plan, maintenance/management plan and a suggested project budget with  any costings that you have been able to establish. There is no entry form – we want schools to present their project in the way that captures the pupils imagination and gives a unique representation of the school’s understanding and commitment to pollinators.
  4. Submit your project proposal by the 31st June 2021 by post or email to Mark Rose (mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk), South Downs National Park Trust, South Downs Centre, North St, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DH or email to mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk

What happens next:

  1. Our expert panel will assess the projects and select the winning project based on quality of the project proposal, impact on biodiversity and value for money.
  2. We will then work with the winning school to deliver a pollinator friendly habitat project in your school grounds with the costs of the project being met by the Beelines programme however competition/project entries that show contributions from other sources (match funding from schools or PTAs or in-kind/voluntary contributions from staff, parents or youngsters) will be favoured by the judges.

Enquiries

Please note that:

  • The deadline for submission is on the 31st June 2021
  • The decision of which schools will be awarded a grant and support towards a pollinator habitat is final and will not be reviewed once it has been made. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your project/applications or provide reasons if it has not been successful.
  • We cannot provide guidance on biodiversity or pollinator habitats beyond the educational materials provided by Learning Through Landscapes.

Please direct any enquiries to RStaples-Rolfe@ltl.org.uk.