Junior beekeepers creating buzz about book

A HIVE of amateur beekeepers have been as busy as bees lately.

Goodwood Community Centre recently partnered with the Story Island Project to educate the next generation about the importance of bees through their ‘Bee Literate’ project.

A group of children undertook bee education workshops and facilitated writing and drawing activities to create ‘The Bee Book’ – a fact book about bees, by children, for children.

Bee Literate coordinator Jenni McLeod said the book encouraged the community to protect the future of bees.

“The plight of bees is a dire situation at the moment and it’s important to raise awareness about their importance in our lives,” she said.

“Through this project the kids have learnt about how bees contribute to the food that we eat, and because they are now authors they have become leaders in their own lives and the local community.”

The project was inspired by well-known Goodwood resident Fred House, who passed away in 2016.

Mr House was a 99-year-old beekeeper who had been caring for bees for most of his life.

Ms McLeod said they formed a strong friendship sharing bee knowledge.

“He was the most wonderful human,” she said.

“Before he passed away I asked him to write a story about his life, but he wasn’t able to finish it.

“I wanted to create something to remember him by and we came up with this idea so that his legacy can live on to the next generation.”

The group has raised more than $1000 of its $7000 goal to see the book published.

The book will be published by Tasmanian company Forty South Publishing.

Ms McLeod said the remaining proceeds would go towards the “…future of bees.”

To donate or for more information, visit www.gofundme.com/the-bee-book.

Caption: From left, Goodwood Community Centre coordinator Rachael French, Bee Literate coordinator Jenni McLeod and South Arm Peninsula Residents Association president Kerry Scambler.