Primary School Students visit for Bumblebee Safari

We had a fantastic afternoon at our Downton Quarry last week with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and young students from Milford-on-Sea C of E Primary School and South Baddesley C of E Primary School.

The children were split into two groups, led by Gill and Helen from The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, where they took part in a Bumblebee Safari around the lakes. We didn’t manage to get up close to any but saw lots in flight!

Bumblebee Safari around Downton Quarry

They then took part in a workshop, where they learnt about the importance of bumblebees, where they live, what they look like, how they eat, and even provide our food! They did some fun activities to understand the lifecycle, hibernation and the various types of bumblebees followed by some beautiful colouring!

Bumblebee Workshop
Bumblebee Workshop Primary School Students

The students went home having learnt so much about bumblebees and with some fun keepsakes.

We are proud to work with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, not only in improving our restoration to attract more pollinators but in helping to educate the local community and younger generation about the importance of bumblebees and the great work they do.

Gill Perkins, CEO, Bumblebee Conservation Trust said “Delivering bumblebee sessions at NMSB Downton Quarry with the students from South Baddesley and Milford schools was a fantastic experience. The students soaked up the information and were incredibly enthusiastic about learning more about these special creatures. The teachers and staff from NMSB seemed equally inspired and they expressed their aspiration to learn and do more for bumblebees in the future. I look forward to working with NMSB on their Orchard project in the Autumn, and with the schools in the future.”

Bumblebee Conservation Trust


Local Primary School pupil creates eye-catching new design for our Road Sweeper

Earlier this month, we revealed the new, colourful design of our road sweeper, following a competition with the students at Milford on Sea C of E Primary School. (link to Home | Milford-on-Sea Church of England Primary School ( This week, we went to the school to reveal the vehicle to the students, and the winner, Tyler Pallant, age 9, along with runners up, Elouise Pallant, Mia Roberts and India Dowse, all received mini models of their designs.

Local School Helps Plant New Orchard

Pupils of Milford on Sea Primary School have helped us plant a new orchard, located at Downton Manor Farm Quarry in Milford on Sea. Working in partnership with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the new orchard has been created to benefit local wildlife and will become an important new space for the community.

GCSE Students visit our Hurn Site

Last week we welcomed over 50 students from Parkfield School to our Hurn production and extraction site.

Awards Season

We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

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