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Get Cumbria Buzzing

Buff-tailed bumblebee © Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography

[C]umbria Wildlife Trust is running two family-friendly events in West Cumbria this summer to get local people buzzing about pollinators.

Lucy Graham, Coastlines Development Officer at Cumbria Wildlife Trust explains why: “Pollinators – from birds, bats to bees, butterflies and beetles – may be small but they’re hugely important. They are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food! These little creatures, which travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies, are vital for the ecosystem and they need our protection. We’re running two fun-filled days to tell more people about pollinators and to show how each and every one of us can help them.”

On Sunday 19 August the Trust is running Get Cumbria Buzzing!, a day of pollinator-themed arts, crafts and activities at the Florence Arts Centre, Egremont from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Activities will include learning to blow glass bugs, a bug hunt, making willow insects and bee masks, bug stone and tile painting, graffiti stencilling, bee-themed movie, face painting, tips on bee-friendly gardening and afternoon tea. All activities are free except for glass blowing and afternoon tea.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is also running a Bee-Friendly Gardening Fun Day on Saturday 29 September from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Vulcan Park, Workington, running in conjunction with Workington Town Council. You can find out how to attract bees to your garden, window box or yard. There will be lots of free activities including bug hunts, bee crafts and planting wildflowers, and Workington in Bloom will be at the event.

Everyone is welcome to attend both events and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. These events are free of charge, thanks to Highways England, National Lottery Players and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information contact Lucy Graham, Coastlines Development Officer, Cumbria Wildlife Trust on 01228 829570 or email Lucy at [email protected]