The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced funding of £30m towards projects, including a scheme where schools help protect the dwindling bee population.

Bees to benefit from HLF-funded schools project

UK-wide biodiversity project Polli:Nation will receive initial support of £1.3m, including a development grant of £26,000. It plans to engage 260 schools in helping to transform their grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats.

A network of young enthusiasts will be able to help spread knowledge and create green ‘stepping stones’ such as bug hotels and bee houses to enable insects to move with ease between different areas.
‘Free’ pollination by bees and other insects is worth over £400m a year to UK agriculture, yet bee numbers are in severe decline. A key driver of this scheme is to increase awareness of nature and particularly insects. Data recording will monitor any changes in species diversity and numbers.
Other grants will go to a range of work. The project Being Brunel: the national Brunel Project, Bristol will received initial HLF support of £4.9m, including a development grant of £176,000. The SS Great Britain Trust is working on a major new museum development within the historic Great Western Steamship Company dockyard. This new space will give public access to Brunel’s collections for the first time and bring Brunel’s worldwide reputation as a ‘hero engineer’ to life.
An HLF grant of £3m will enable Bristol’s Underfall Yard Trust to create a Maritime Centre of Excellence within Bristol Harbour. Dating from the early 1800s, the site, known as the city’s ‘floating harbour’, is home to Victorian hydraulic systems for controlling water levels and lock gates and workshops that have changed little over the past two centuries. Plans include ‘new opportunities for maritime businesses and training to flourish, much improved access for the public and the conversion of the former boiler room into the Power House Learning Centre’.

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