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Grant helps fund new hive of activity

posted 22 Oct 2009, 07:51 by EBKA Webmaster   [ updated 22 Oct 2009, 08:09 ]
Honeybees and beekeepers are to benefit thanks to a grant awarded by the Cotswolds Conservation Board to the Evesham Beekeeping Association to establish a new branch apiary at Pershore College.

The £1,500 grant, awarded by the Board’s Sustainable Development Fund, will go towards the purchase of six new hives and provision of training for new and existing beekeepers. New beekeepers will be trained in the best practices of beekeeping, while a number of new projects will be set up for existing beekeepers, including Queen rearing to propagate for health and disease resistant strains of bees appropriate to local conditions, plus special disease recognition and treatment courses, overseen by Defra registered bee inspectors.

In support of the project is Pershore College, who is buying new hives and providing land, classroom and storage facilities for the new apiary. The project is also supported by Wychavon District Council, along with members of the Evesham Beekeeping Association who are donating bees and helping to prepare the site.

Chairman of the Evesham Beekeepers Association, Henry Dickinson, believes that the new apiary will offer a number of benefits including new and better skilled members plus healthier bees. He said: “Beekeeping is enormously popular at the moment and many local courses are often over-subscribed. We are very keen to encourage more people to take up beekeeping and enjoy the benefits, and we are therefore delighted to have been awarded this grant which will not only help to up-skill and develop our members, but ultimately it will enable us to develop new colonies of healthier honeybees.”