SATTs are the Bees Knees

  |  Published: May 31st 2016

Flight Sergeant Brian Hagan and ten Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training (SATT) spent a day at the Buckingham Lodge Care Home recently helping to set up the first ever Bumblebee Education, Conservation and Plant Centre. Buckinghamshire Lodge is a home for dementia patients and residential care.

Jim Webster from Bees Knees was working at Recruit Training Squadron and spoke to Flt Sgt Hagan about needing volunteers to assist with setting up the centre. He explained that it would allow residents, regardless of their ability, to partake in planting sessions, bumblebee talks and watch bumble bees at work pollinating plants and herbs. He wanted members of the public, the residents and other groups to assist in transforming areas by mowing lawns, painting, planting, carrying and sign erection to accommodate an all ability access whilst interacting with the residents.

Flt Sgt Hagan said: “I thought this was a great initiative and decided to see if I could set up a group from RTS to help out, so myself and 10 SATT’s attended one of the volunteer weekends with some of the local residents that work at RTS also coming along. We all worked hard to transform the area, painting, digging, laying paths and entertaining the residents.  It was a great effort from all involved and certainly got the RAF noticed in the area. We all thoroughly enjoyed working together with local volunteers to make the project come to life. Mr Bumble himself rewarded all the hard work with a bbq, and the Bumblebee Centre is now fully open for the community to enjoy.”

Below is a link from their website, should anyone else decide to volunteer.

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