Creative Craft Show Project Wins National DEFRA Award
By Emily Peagram 03 Dec 2019
A collaboration between the Creative Craft Show, crafters Grans on the Make and charity Park View 4 U has received a Bees Need Champions Award from DEFRA. The team’s hugely popular Make a Beeline Project was recognised as the defining factor, which used craft to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators at each of ICHF’s Creative Craft Shows in 2019. Members of the collaboration provided lessons on how to needle felt bees and sold bee-rings, beebombs and provided flower seeds for people to plant at home. By engaging thousands of visitors the team were able to effectively communicate the importance of supporting bees and pollinators, and the project raised over £12,000. Donations will be spent on developing and planting trees, bulbs and flowers to make a pollinator friendly family woodland area complete with trails and bug hotels at the Lytham St Anne’s Park.
This award-winning partnership arose after the Lancashire charity Park View 4 U achieved a Guinness World record knitting and crocheting bees, and the project soon gathered support from Beebombs Dorset, Virgin Trains and Grow Wild among others.
Jodie Firmin, Show Development Manager said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be involved with this award. Hosting the Grans and their ‘Make A Beeline’ project at the Creative Craft Shows has given the campaign national recognition, which is vital for a local charity.”
Pat Wilson from the Grans said, “The project created a huge buzz! Needle felting bees has been really popular at all this year’s Creative Craft Shows. The generous support of ICHF, and the Makerss who supplied all the materials, has introduced hundreds of people to a new craft as well as teaching them about bees. We’ve had knitted bees sent to us from all over the UK and beyond. Over 100 Queen Bees were even made on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth during a summer tour of the Baltic!’
Julie Norman from Park View 4U said. “This was such an incredible project. Thank you to everyone who has been involved for their amazing support and for playing their part in this award”.
To find out more about the project go to makeabeeline.uk