A few county residents will be busy creating areas that bees can use in the coming weeks.
Volunteers are needed to help with a few projects at the Prince William County Landfill Complex in Manassas on April 14 and 21, according to a county press release.
From 8 a.m. until Noon, community members will plant a pollinator garden, prepare a bee hotel, and install honeybee hives.
Pallets, recycled bricks, bamboo and reeds are a few materials that will be used to build the bee hotel.
Hay placed at the bottom will serve as a home to insects, salamanders and frogs, according to Louise Edsall, a beekeeper and the founder of Bees in Schools.
The pollinator garden will contain native plants that serve as food for bees.
It will attract other pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies, as well.
Lowe’s Home Improvement is helping fund the three projects through a $20,000 grant that non-profit Keep Prince William Beautiful secured.
George Mason University and the Prince William Conservation Alliance are also providing assistance.
The garden, hives and bee hotel connect with the landfill’s educational mission, according to Solid Waste Division Communication Specialist Deborah Campbell.
“We care about the environment, and we want to add this as another component as a grander vision of the landfill as an eco-park and a resource for environmental matters,” Campbell said.
To learn more information about volunteering, call 703-792-5328.