Children create habitats for bees with flower boxes

Biodiversity project in Tönisvorst
Children create habitats for bees

Blühkiste, a feeding place for insects that the children themselves look after, moves into the municipal day care institutions in Tönisvorst. The project is initiated by the Apple Queen. The starting pistol was fired in the family center “Drei-Käse-Hoch”.

“Do you want to help the plants grow and always water them?” asked the apple queen Melanie I. (Becker) and the children at the family center “Drei-Käse-Hoch” nodded enthusiastically. The children can put their efforts to the test right away, because together with the Apple Queen they go to the still empty strip of land, which is located directly in the green lawn next to the day care institution entrance. Children’s hands grasp the small water jugs and water the area thoroughly. The children’s rakes are then used before the actual sowing of the bee-grass mixture, which is in a paper bag, begins.

What the new area is intended for is clear from the self-made shop window that the children built together with the teachers. “Birthplace of bumble bees and bees” can be read there. Two bees made of plugs float inside. The “Blood Box Tönisvorst” campaign has started. It is a hands-on campaign for the five city day care institutions and family centers in the apple city, which will promote biodiversity and give insects a new habitat. The Apple Queen is currently on a tour of the facilities, where Becker was also the one who made the ball roll.

“I think we have a lot of green space in Tönisvorst. But how do insects use clean lawns? So I thought to myself: why not ensure an ecologically valuable diversity,” says Becker. The apple queen confronted the city administration with this idea. in return for how such a project could be implemented. The city of Stralsund came into play. “With the help of sponsors, each day care institution in Stralsund received a so-called flourishing box to create just such colorful stripes,” reports Catharina Perchthaler, spokeswoman for the city of Tönisvorst.

The city spoke with Kersten Rausch, the manager of the new Globus market hall, about whether he would support the campaign. “It’s about sustainability and teaching children about the importance of nature. That is why we were there immediately, “says Rausch, who insisted on personally handing over the first flower box together with his colleague Claudia Pallasch. In addition to water jugs, rakes, shovels and bee-grass mix suitable for children, the local market in Wales donated another mix of wild flowers.

The children in the family center “Drei-Käse-Hoch” were particularly involved in the project. “Together, we have developed instructions with growth phases for the flower box and glued these to the respective flower box in the form of pictures we have drawn ourselves,” says facility manager Andrea Kern. These pictures can also be found on the internal bed as a turntable. “Depending on the development phase, we can move forward,” explains educator Sylvia Kirch. From the moment the seeds are laid in the ground, over growth and irrigation to flowering and wilting and thus sowing of new seeds, the turntable goes.

But the kids also showed their creativity. They made sunflowers and butterflies from handmade paper and bees from small empty drinking bottles, which were painted brightly and presented to the Apple Queen and sponsors as a thank you for the beautiful idea and its implementation. The young gardeners know well that without bees and bumble bees there can be no pollination of plants, and therefore no apples & Co. can. And then Fine, Melissa, Antonia, Simon, Cherry, Alexander, Benjamin and Pia are also aware of the importance when preparing the flower bed on behalf of all daycare children and thus creating a little extra habitat for insects.

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