YOUNG apiarists at a South Lakeland primary school are ensuring their bees are productive with the help of a Kendal-based developer.

Oakmere Homes is helping to buy a 'bee shed' for Heron Hill School, Kendal, in which pupils can keep their equipment used to tend the bees and harvest the honey.

There is a real buzz at the school around their new interest in beekeeping after the children were introduced to the activity by chair of school governors Jacqui Cottam, who is an experienced apiarist.

“Beekeeping is a fascinating activity for the children and teaches them teamwork and responsibility," she said. "Parents and even neighbours to the school have all been very supportive, and it is wonderful to see all of the children so enthusiastic.”

Emma Sanderson, sales manager for Oakmere Homes which has two local developments at Strawberry Fields, Kendal, and Helm Gardens, Oxenholme, said: “We are keen to build links with local schools, and help support the children’s interest.

"It is encouraging to see that they are already processing honey and beeswax candles, and will be able to do even more this year with support from Oakmere.”