Keys For Bees

On the 16th April, Bee Rewarded workers joined forces with Sustainable Blacon Volunteers in Blacon Community Trust’s Spring Fayre held at Dee Point Centre, Blacon, Chester. Alongside stalls, which promoted local produce and craft work, volunteers hosted egg hunts, picnics and various competitions for the youngsters and families who attended.

Competition Winner; Millie, aged 3
Sustainable Blacon invited Bee Rewarded to launch their own community competition, taking the keys collected from Bee Rewarded’s Keys 4 Bees campaign and challenging local children to build an animal from the keys and other materials on offer.

Sustainable Blacon work in four ‘green’ areas; Energy, Open Spaces, Transport and Enterprise to build a more sustainable community in Blacon and soon to open a second eco-home in Blacon!

Bee Rewarded is a new group who plan to take the rewards of recycling to give back to the community. One of the key goals for the group is to help the bee population, which has been struggling in recent years.

Competition winners included Patrick(11) who made “Barry the Hedgehog” and Millie(3) who Made “Bug Bug the Bug”. The best animal sculpture received a top prize of with runners up also walking away with prizes! All the keys collected through the day and through the campaign will be recycled with the money donated to support a bee farm in Ellesmere Port.

For more details of other projects run by Sustainable Blacon, please visit If you would like to build your own ‘Key Bee’ from scrap keys please email pictures to The best creations will be posted on

(April 2011)


Earth Day 2011

On Wednesday 20th April Sustainable Blacon played host to the children of Highfield Community Primary School, in a fun–filled day as part of their Earth Day celebrations. The youngsters were entertained and educated on various issues regarding the welfare of the planet.

Children on Earth Day

The visit took place at the charities’ pioneering demonstration home, located at 78 Dyserth Road, Blacon. The Eco-House, one part of a two strand community-based project, is equipped with low carbon appliances and technologies, and is designed to provide practical illustrations of ways that energy bills can be controlled through simple, affordable changes to lifestyle.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Highfield each spent an hour in the Eco-House and enjoyed informative and interactive talks from Cheshire West and Chester Council Officers on Love Food Hate Waste, Local Litter Issues and Climate & Weather, all in combination with a range of activities involving the team of staff and volunteers from Sustainable Blacon. There was also the opportunity for the children to explore the many ways in which they can help improve energy efficiency in their own homes and pass their findings on to their parents and teachers alike.

‘It was a terrific day,’ said Simon Dukes, co-ordinator of the event. ‘There were lots of great activities that not only supported the students’ curriculum requirements, but also engaged the youngsters in a fun and informative way!’

Adults on Earth Day

The Eco-House is part of Sustainable Blacon’s response to the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, a Department of Energy and Climate Change pioneering programme to help pave the way for communities to achieve a low carbon future. Accessible to all age groups, the house is free to the general public and also as a resource to both primary and secondary schools.  It boasts a wide range of information on topics such as composting, recycling and energy efficiency.

For more information on what the Eco-House can offer you or your school please contact Sustainable Blacon on 01244 379021.

For further information on school visits by Cheshire West and Chester Council Officers contact Liz Ellis on 0300 123 7026.

(April 2011)