Helping youngsters discover a multitude of different ways to protect our planet

8th July 2021
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We recently shared our sponsorship news which will help educate our future generation to become more sustainable. With only a few weeks to go until the ‘Green Bees Energy Trail’ starts, we wanted to share a little bit more about the inspiration behind it and what those attending can expect from their visit to Sheffield based charity, Heeley City Farm.

The Farm opened their South Yorkshire Energy Centre in 2006 with the aim of helping the local community to save money, keep warm and well. From discussions with the farm’s visitors and community groups, they found that people were worried about the rising prices of energy and feedback suggested they would welcome support to help reduce such costs as well as learning more practical ways on becoming more energy efficient

After some great ideas, the Farm launched their Green Bees Energy Trail, which ran for the first time in 2019 over the summer holidays and is due to run again, through our sponsorship, towards the end of July.

Youngsters, along with their families, will be encouraged to become eco-detectives as they trail their way from the Energy Centre through to the Farm discovering a multitude of different ways to protect our planet. Activities include; how to grow vegetables at home, ways to make power from the sun and wind, what to use to collect and save water, how to save energy at home and more about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Mina has committed to donate £1 for every driver who signs up to our solution, and these funds raised will pay for Heeley City Farm to run their trail this year.

Sharon Smith, South Yorkshire Energy Centre Officer at Heeley City Farm comments: “We are really grateful that Mina has chosen to sponsor our Green Bees Energy Trail this year. As a charity, we wouldn’t be able to deliver our services and projects without the help of funding from others.

When we delivered the Trail for the first time in 2019, it was hugely popular with over 260 families taking part commenting that it had been an educational and fun way to learn how we can all do that little bit more to help protect our environment.

Our Trail will help to grow a new generation of eco-detectives. And for the adults, we will pass on our tips and advice on energy saving and highlight some of the recycling and up-cycling services available at the Farm such as the Repair Café, Community Recycling Centre and the Food Growing area promoting grow your own.” 

Any additional funds raised by Mina will go to the Energy Centre to help fund future projects. We’d welcome support from our customers, suppliers and friends – any donation big or small will make an impact on helping to save our planet – You can visit our Just Giving page here

We can’t wait to see the impact that this initiative will have on the local community. Our team will be joining the trail in August so be sure to keep a look out for further updates in the coming weeks!