PUPILS at a county primary school have been busy learning about bees and trees.

Children from Weobley Primary School last week planted a variety of Herefordshire dessert apple trees.

Members of local apple charity Marcher Apple Network – Peter Austerfield and Stephen Ainsleigh Rice – assisted with the planting, describing how apples came to England, and how Herefordshire varieties were raised.

The planting is the first stage of ‘Bring on the Bees,’ a project planned by Jenny Stevens of Radnorshire Forest Education Initiative cluster group.

It aims to raise awareness of the relationship between bees and trees and the important role bees and other insects play in pollination.

Later this term, the children will host a pollination day which will feature a range of activities and Clifford Primary school will also be participating in the project.

Marcher Apple Network donated the trees and has part funded the ‘Beetles and Bees’ project as a celebration of its 21st anniversary of work preserving local traditional varieties of apple trees.

For more information visit beetlesandbees.co.uk, email info@beetlesandbees.co.uk or call 01544 260460.

For information on the Marcher Apple Network email secretary@MarcherApple.net or call 01497 847847.