The internationally renowned Bee Centre in Lancashire is strengthening its community bee breeding programme with the support of Jackon UK.
Jackon manufactures insulation and building systems – made from expanded (EPS) and extruded (XPS) polystyrene for the house building and tiling sectors – and says it’s committed to sustainability in both the manufacturing and use of its products, which can dramatically reduce energy requirements in buildings.
This is why the company has chosen to support the Bee Centre, based in Chorley. Bees are vital for the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They provide one of the most recognisable ecosystem services – pollination, which makes food production possible. By doing so, they protect and maintain ecosystems as well as animal and plant species, and contribute to genetic and biotic diversity.
The Bee Centre works with organisations and schools to develop a robust, near-native honeybee population nationally. JACKOBOARD, Jackon UK’s brand of insulated tile backerboards for wetroom and shower projects, worked with the Bee Centre at the launch of the programme two years ago and donated 100 insulated polystyrene beehives.
The Bee Centre has installed a dozen of these beehives at the Breeding Centre in Heysham for school environmental projects since the launch of the initiative. There has been a growing number of schools joining the programme across Lancashire and even as far afield as Wrexham, over the last year. The centre provides polystyrene beehives and starter kits, talks and training in schools as well as hosting events, to engage and educate children about bee keeping and environmental benefits.
Colin Higham, managing director of Jackon UK Ltd says, ‘Our polystyrene and polypropylene-based building products save energy, resource and emissions when in use. They last a lifetime and are recyclable. They have very impressive performance when used in house building and tiling projects and cause minimal environmental impact, if manufacturing processes are carried out properly. We are more than happy to support the Bee Centre in their environmental projects and would like to demonstrate that plastics, when used for the long term, can reduce energy requirements, and benefit the environment.’