City is abuzz with bee project

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Two million honeybees are being introduced to Sheffield as part of a year-long project to increase their declining population.

Dozens of hives have been placed in spaces including museums and rooftops as part of the Bee Buddies project run by the Groundwork Sheffield charity.

The scheme has also involved training for new beekeepers and awareness sessions.

Head beekeeper Jez Daughtry said: “It has gone fantastically well.”

Over 400 children and 100 adults have taken part in educational sessions, which have included lessons in honey tasting and beeswax candle-making.

Anna Cooper from Groundwork Sheffield said: “Bees are very important - they are worth around £200 million to the economy, they allow 70 per cent of plants to flower - which is 30 per cent of the food we consume.”

Mr Daughtry added: “Bee populations have struggled in the last two decades with mites attacking hives and an ageing population of beekeepers.”