Bee hive in Queens Park Crewe (1)

Queens Park in Crewe has scooped a prestigious national environmental award.

It has been recognised by the government as a national “Bees Needs Champion”.

The award by the department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) recognises the venue’s work to help protect bees.

The award is in addition to the Green Flag that the park has been awarded for the fourth year and the special heritage accreditation for the third time.

Queens Park’s latest win comes after its 18-month campaign to grow pollen-friendly plants and establish hives within the park.

On-site education took place around ‘bees needs’ through community group scheme, friends of the park.

All this resulted in an ideal habitat that has encouraged high levels of biodiversity.

Ralph Kemp, Cheshire East Council head of environmental services, said: “This award is testament to all the hard work and effort put in from our volunteers, friends of the park and employees to increase the park’s level of biodiversity.

“We hope to build on these achievements and continue to make this a park the community can enjoy as well as a haven for wildlife for many years to come.”

Queens Park is a Grade II listed public park, which dates from 1887 and provides a vast range of recreational facilities in a beautiful setting.

Facilities include a lakeside pavilion, boating lake, outdoor gym, BMX track and a children’s play area.

For information regarding the ‘Bees Needs Champion’ awards, visit

(Pic: Bee hive in place in Queens Park, Crewe)

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