SCHOOL children are being tasked to come up with an eye-catching design that is sure to create a 'buzz'.

Denbighshire County Council is asking children aged between five and 14 to create a 'bee friendly' logo. Last year, the local authority was awarded Bee Friendly status from the Welsh Government, a scheme which aims to make Wales a pollinator-friendly country.

The council is working with schools and community groups to create bee and bug ‘hotels’, reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides and identify sites to improve for pollinators by planting wildflowers and sowing wildflower seeds.

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Children from Ysgol Bodfari who helped launch the competition

Pupils are being asked to come up with a simple but attractive design to be used in all bee-friendly sites and in publications. Creations should include a pollinating insect like a bee or butterfly.

Cllr Tony Thomas, council’s lead member for the environment, said: "I’d like to wish all those who enter the competition the best of luck and I look forward to seeing the fantastic entries.

"Bees are vitally important to the eco system and as well as pollinating plants in gardens, parks and the wider countryside, they contribute to the wider environment.

"Denbighshire becoming a Bee Friendly county is part of our work to enhance and protect the county’s environment.”

There are three age categories: Five to seven; Seven to 11 and 11-14 and a winner will be chosen from each category, before an overall winner is selected.

Schools of category winners will be provided with assistance to create a ‘bee friendly’ area at their school.

The closing date for the competition is March 14. To enter, send designs to Denbighshire Countryside Services ‘Bee Friendly’ Logo Design Competition, Liam Blazey, Biodiversity Officer, Loggerheads Country Park, Ruthin Road, Mold, CH7 5LH.

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