Christmas travel advice: With the Christmas getaway just around the corner, we would like to remind passengers of certain items that are subject to restrictions, including Christmas Crackers. Please double check your airline's luggage policy before you fly. Read More

Skip to Content
Toggle Navigation
South Liverpool residents are buzzing about a new course that is taking place on land owned by Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and proving to be an innovative way of tackling worklessness and isolation in the area.
Local residents have embarked on a beekeeping course delivered through a partnership between South Liverpool Homes, training organisation Blackburne House and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which aims to enhance the employability of residents by learning new skills, increasing their health and wellbeing, whilst having a positive impact on their environment.
Around 60 residents are expected to participate on the 6 week course which is being delivered by a beekeeping expert from Blackburne House and taking place on unused land at the Airport outside of the operational airfield that would otherwise only be put to limited use. The land has been transformed into an apiary that now houses 15 hives, with South Liverpool Homes funding the essential equipment needed to deliver the course - including the hives, the bees and protective gear.
Andrew Dutton, Head of Environment at Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, ”This is a great scheme from an environmental perspective and the Airport has been only too happy to provide a home for 15 bee hives on land that we own as part of our Community Plan to enhance our local community engagement.
Honey bees have experienced a worrying decline over recent years but courses like this will both help to revive the local bee population and assist those individuals participating to find a path back into employment.”
Joe Cummings, Enterprise Manager at South Liverpool Homes said: “With the Airport’s help, this is a great example of partnership working at its best and we’re delighted that local residents have taken up this fantastic opportunity.
The course aims to provide re-socialisation, a network of friends and additional qualifications which will help bring local residents closer to the labour market and away from welfare dependency.”
 
Beekeepers siting the 15 hives on Liverpool John Lennon Airport land.
 

 

Related stories

Varna

Wizz Air bring LJLA early Christmas present with news of another new route

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe have today announced another new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), with flights to commence next Summer to the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Varna.

LJLA terminal

Government urged to prioritise infrastructure spending to grow and rebalance the economy

The Government should champion investment in regional infrastructure to support economic growth and help eradicate the north-south divide, according to a new report published today.

LJLA Terminal Building with Plane

LJLA sees 5% passenger rise in October

Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) continue to grow at the start of the winter season, with a rise of 5% in October compared to October 2017, with many passengers and families taking advantage of the choice of flights to some great overseas destinations during the school half term.