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New School Pollinator Grants launched for 2022

Helen Tomb   Wed 02 Feb 2022

Following the success of the first ever Rural Community Pollinator Scheme in 2021, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots MLA has launched a scheme specifically for schools to improve the health of our bees and pollinators and help protect our eco-systems.

The £2million scheme will provide grants between £3,000 and £12,000 to schools to create or enhance a pollinator garden and will be delivered by Live Here Love Here.

Speaking at launch of the scheme at Carr Primary School, Lisburn, Minister Poots said: “Following the outstanding success of the Rural Community Pollinator Scheme and the interest shown by schools, I have asked my officials to develop a scheme specifically for schools across Northern Ireland. Everyone is aware of the importance of our pollinators - the butterflies, moths, hoverflies, some beetles, flies, wasps but most importantly bees - and I believe it is important to educate our young people of the important role these pollinators play in our everyday life. With this scheme I hope to build on the success of the community based scheme.”

Grants will open for applications in April 2022.