Our latest project BeeWild aims to train veterans in beekeeping as well as conservation to support our native pollinating insects.
The BeeWild project is now live on the Aviva Community Fund website. Through their partnership with Crowdfunder, Aviva will be match funding the donations made on the website to help support our training and environmental project!
Bees pollinate about 1/3 of world crops that provide a direct food source for humans. However, they indirectly help pollinate around 85% of the world’s crops that sustain human life.
There are more than 250 types of bee in the UK from bumblebee and mason bees, to honey bees and leafcutters. Unfortunately, the bee population has declined at an alarming rate over the past decade or so. This has prompted a significant number of bee types to be put on the endangered species list including the solitary Shrill Carder Bee, threatened by habitat loss, and the Bilberry bumblebee which is vulnerable to the hotter weather caused by climate change.
PATT Foundation understands the importance of our native pollinators and combatting climate change.
With this project, we are aiming to train like-minded veterans and/or service leavers to give them opportunities to work within conservation and gain the positive benefits working with bees has on their mental health. Keeping bees has countless benefits including to the environment: it has been found to reduce stress, ease anxiety and help treat PTSD in Armed Forces veterans.
Our veterans, bees and pollinators project aims to provide these benefits and opportunities to work with our amazing pollinators, gaining valuable training while supporting PTSD treatment. Once started, the project will then be led by veterans to produce and sell honey to provide further training opportunities for other veterans and allow the project to be self-sufficient over time.
If you would like to donate or share our project on your social media pages you can find it here: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/p/veterans-bee-and-pollinators