In the Summer of 2018, a colony of over 100 giant bees descended on the streets of Manchester as part of the “Bee in the City Trail” . 2nd Monton Guides Unit created one of the additional 130 medium-sized community bees that will swarm across the city.
As part of their research, they had a visit from local Beekeepers Norman and Nora Higgs, who delivered an educational and engaging talk on beekeeping. The girls loved being taught the waggle dance!
The Guides worked together to come up with ideas, and with the help of Marc Gallander of BeeStrongMCR, a final design was created. Features include the Girlguiding uniform colours, words of the promise and Trefoil logo and the interlinked hands on the base are all mixed, signifying friendship, working together, unity and equality.
After a vote, the most popular name, Bee Yourself, was decided. All 19 girl guides worked together evenings, weekends and during half term holiday, to decorate the fibreglass sculpture.
The “Bee in the City Trail” was a free family friendly event, running from 23 July to 23 September 2018. When the exhibition finished, the Monton Guide's bee was returned to take residence in the village of Monton.
It can be seen on Monton Green at the Stableford Road end.