Firefighters in Aberdeen have a plan B-ee

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Firefighters based at North Anderson Drive have delved into the world of beekeeping as part of the Aberdeen Growing Together initiative.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service colleagues involved in the project identified an apiary site and sourced two beehives along with honeybees to populate the area.

Crew Commander Chris Mcallister, who is a beekeeper in his spare time, was behind the set-up of the equipment and has been involved with the ground work since March this year.

He said: "Bees are a vital part of our environment and we should help them as much as we can.

"They need water, nectar and lots of space so North Anderson Drive ticked all the boxes.

"Working with our partners at the council, we hope this project will make Aberdeen a more sustainable city in the future.

"It would be great to keep expanding this pollinator network around stations in the North Service Delivery Area and recruit more volunteers.”

This project has been welcomed by Aberdeen City Council.

Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing, Chairperson of Community Planning Aberdeen, said: “We’re delighted that firefighters in the city have started beekeeping as part of the ‘Workplaces Growing Together’ improvement project.

“The project is aimed at covering a gap identified in collective food growing, and we continue to support formal and informal food growing sites along with activities in schools and communities, under the umbrella of the ACC-led food growing strategy called Aberdeen Growing Together.

“Workplaces were identified as an opportunity for food growing, and we’d encourage other organisations and businesses to take part and help all our communities to continue to thrive and prosper.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is working to make fire stations more environmentally friendly and the organisation has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 6% each year over the next decade.

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