Andrea Ku is our Gardener in Residence. She's also an artist, beekeeper and gardener based in Liverpool.
Ku first trained in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then in Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University. She was encouraged while working as a gardener to take up beekeeping which proved to be a life changing experience. Now overseeing 35 hives in the Merseyside region, she nurtures thousands of bees in city centre settings, churchyards and botanical gardens.
She joined us in autumn 2020 and has been sharing her insights with the public in specialisms such as permaculture - following sympathetic planting systems observed in nature - and biodiversity - preserving and nurturing the incredible diversity of species in the world at micro and macro level. She has also created a series of nature-based activities for Bluecoat, aimed at those who have been missing out on restorative contact with nature during the first and second lockdowns. Download those here.
In May 2021 she joined us online for a Q&A session with Bluecoat's Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay. Watch that here.
Follow her on social media - @b4Biodiversity