Grant helps fund new hive of activity
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.”
Notes to editors:
- The Sustainable Development Fund is administered by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supports projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the Cotswolds AONB.
- The Evesham Beekeeping Society is affiliated with the British Beekeepers Association and has 83 members, 8 of whom are under 18.
- The Evesham Beekeeping Society covers an area from Mickleton/Broadway in the east to Eckington/Bredon in the west of the Cotswolds AONB.
Cotswolds AONB fact file
- The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
- The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
- With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 49 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.