Definition of Pollenize:
To supply with pollen; to sire the next generation of plants.
Beginnings of Pollenize CIC:
Pollenize CIC was founded in March 2018 by Matthew Elmes - BSc Environmental Science and Owen Finnie - BA Sociology.
Pollenize CIC acknowledges like many others the importance of pollinators and their habitats. Unfortunately both pollinator numbers and habitat coverage has declined rapidly over the years.
Pollenize CIC believes a mixture of education, urban beekeeping and native wildflower planting in the city is part of the solution going forward to combat this decline.
2018 Funding Success:
Our funding will enable us to supply 2019 apiary sites with beehives, bee colonies and supplies. The funding will also pay for 10 Adult and 10 Children’s beesuits.
Pollenize CIC will be working with experienced beekeepers to deliver beekeeping experiences - inviting the community on hive inspections.
2019 Plans for Plymouth:
The plan for 2019 is to create a network of community apiary sites in Devonport and Stonehouse in Plymouth.
Community apiary sites:
Genensis Building Rooftop Apiary | Stonehouse
Working with the Millfields Trust to deliver a rooftop beekeeping experience for the public.
Bring attention to the mission and vision of the Millfields Trust and its community offering.
To produce honey local to Stonehouse for the community to enjoy.
Combining beekeeping with other experiences to be enjoyed on Union Street and surrounding areas.
Zion Garden Apiary | Devonport Column
Working with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) at the Devonport Guildhall to deliver an ancient monument beekeeping experience for the public.
Bring attention to the mission and vision of the RIO, Devonport Guildhall, The Column Bakehouse and The Devonport Column and their community offering.
To produce honey local to Devonport for the community to enjoy
School apiary sites:
Kings Primary School in Mannamead | Sponsored by Alpha-Logic Waste Management
Showcase the importance of pollinators to school pupils.
Provide pupils with a hands on outdoor education experience.
Develop teaching materials for later expansion to other schools.
2019 Wildflower Seeds for Schools:
Twice a year in March & September Pollenize CIC will aim to distribute wild flower seeds to schools so they can be given out in sponsored seed packets for pupils to sow at home with their families.
March 2019 - Seeds for Schools Campaign
We aim to provide every school student in Devonport, Stonehouse & Stoke with a packet of free wild flower seeds with the help of sponsors.
We have chosen Devonport, Stonehouse & Stoke as our first areas for wildflower seed distribution for the following reasons:
Proximity to our Devonport Guildhall our office.
Complement 2019 installation of beehives and apiaries in Devonport, Stonehouse & Stoke urban locations.
Large number of both primary (2,456) & secondary (2,859) students.
Soft launch for Pollenize CIC social media channels.