During Round 3, funding of £4,500 was granted for Phoenix Recovery Centre to enhance the facilities for serving personnel. Based in Catterick Garrison, the project’s aim was to improve the welfare of personnel by introducing an apiary for bees.
With already two fully trained beekeepers, the apiary aims to help with the recovery of the wounded and long-term sick serving personnel.
During the spring season, caring for the bees will become part of the rolling recovery programme with groups of six to eight personnel gaining experience with the bees as part of a welfare activity.
Maj K Robson AGC, project sponsor, said: “Since gaining the grant, we purchased the necessary kit and equipment to house the bees and we qualified staff in basic beekeeping. Our colonies carried in mid-September and the bees have since settled into their new home and we have kept them well during the winter months.”
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