Broomy’s Bairns – Building Bug Boxes

Last week, the kids in Broomy’s Bairns were putting some finishing touches on our Broomy’s Bees Garden by building bug boxes!

Insects are vital to the natural world so it’s great to teach kids about their importance whilst learning about what kind of creatures are right outside of their front door!

We were kindly donated lots of materials from members of the public to help us build the insect homes.  All you need is a wooden structure, some bamboo, sticks, leaves, ceramic pots, moss and old bricks.



Bugs are essential to pollinating the beautiful flowering plants that are also in our Broomy’s Bees Garden, and are predators to other insects that like to eat our plants.

Butterflies and moths, worms, snails and slugs, spiders, centipedes, beetles, bees and wasps – we can attract them and give them a home in a variety of ways, from simply planting insect-friendly plants and flowers, to building habitats for them to live.
For more information on caring for our insect friends, the RSPB website –

Our Broomy’s Bairns Art Class is a creative class for the little ones to explore and make!  This time around, these workshops will have a focus on education in environmental issues, climate change and using donated plastics and textiles to make art works.

The Broomy’s Bairns Art Classes are every Thursday at the Broomhill Art Flat, from 3.30-5pm and is suitable for ages 5-11 years old.

If you would like more information, or you’d like to register your interest for a child to attend the Broomy’s Bairns workshops, please call RIG Arts on 01475 649359 or email

Broomy’s Bairns is funded by Climate Challenge Fund, Greener Together and European Regional Development Fund #scotgovESIF, so is completely FREE!

Our Broomy’s Bees Garden is on Ann Street (opposite Broomhill Court), Greenock, and was made possible by the People’s Postcode Trust, Tesco Bags of Help and River Clyde Homes.



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