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Housebuilder’s gift will help schoolkids beehive themselves

Excuse the awful pun. Just found it too hard to resist

With a third of the UK’s wild bee population in decline*, local housebuilder Barratt Homes is helping children at Guston Church of England Primary School in Dover to make a home for bees in their school playground in celebration of Don’t Step on a Bee Day earlier this month. The housebuilder, which is building new homes at its Richmond Park development nearby, has given an interactive solitary beehive to the school.

Made from durable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified timber, the hive features removable stacking trays and a selection of entrance holes. It has been installed in a quiet and leafy location on school grounds to create a safe home for solitary bees such as orchard, mason and leafcutter bees over the summer. The hive will then be used as an educational aid to teach the children about the importance of protecting our native pollinators and the role that bees play in supporting the growth and spread of plants and flowers in the local environment.

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director at Barratt Kent, comments: “As a responsible housebuilder, we aim to make our developments as nature-friendly as possible, so we are proud to work with Guston Church of England Primary School to create a safe home for one of our most important native pollinators.

“We hope the beehive will help to teach the next generation about the importance cohabiting with nature and encourage them to do their bit to save the bees”

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director at Barratt Kent

Children very excited

Deby Day, headteacher at the school, adds: “With our bees under threat of extinction, we are all going to need to find new ways to share our space with nature. The children were very excited to receive their own beehive, and we are all looking forward to opening up the hive in the autumn term to see if any bees have moved in over the summer, and learn all about how bees live and lay their eggs in the hive. Thank you to Barratt Kent for helping us to make a home for bees at our school.”

Barratt Developments has an ongoing partnership with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. The housebuilder is on a mission to encourage families at its developments to make small changes to safely co-exist with wildlife.

Barratt Kent is currently building a range of three-bedroom homes at its Richmond Park development in Dover, with prices starting from £309,995.

To find out more Barratt Kent or Richmond Park, visit or call 0333 355 8502.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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