Pupils at an Aberdeen primary school are enjoy the sweet taste of their successful beekeeping project.
Youngsters at Greenbrae School have harvested their first crop of honey, just months after buying their first beehive with the prize money from a national competition.
Last year, the Bridge of Don pupils won the WWF’s Grand Green Idea competition’s wildlife and nature category, after impressing judges with their bee-themed stories, art and activities.
Since the funding was awarded, the school has bought a bee hive which is now home to one queen bee and 20,000 drones.
The school was also able to buy beekeeping equipment, including eight child sized bee suits and honey production kits which were recently used by the whole school to harvest their first batch of honey.
The children have been guided through the process by Aberdeen University’s bee expert Ewan Campbell, who has also helped them monitor and maintain the hive.
Primary four and five pupils have also got a taste of the business world by designing, pricing and selling a bee calendar.
Head teacher Anna Royle said the project, which involves the whole school, will be run for years to come.
She added: “The honey bee project was a completely new venture for us.
“We have been able to build sustainable new partnerships with local organisations and businesses and it’s been tremendously rewarding to work with people who are so enthusiastic about education as well as being helpful and reliable.”
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, said: “It’s been fantastic to hear about the success of the honey bee project at Greenbrae School. The children have discovered the vital role bees play in the environment, and have been rewarded aptly with the sweet taste of honey.”