On Saturday I was privileged to attend the launch of a new state of the art apiary (a place where beehives are kept) near Spaxton. The new facility has been created by the Quantock Beekeepers Association.
You may have seen in the news recently the decline in honeybee populations and the concern this is causing, especially with regard to pollination. This facility aims to become a breeding and teaching site for honeybees allowing more people to take up beekeeping as well as being a sentinel apiary monitoring the health of local bee populations.
The facility was opened by Julie Girling MEP with David Aston, chair of the British Beekeepers Association and Caroline Butter, President Somerset Beekeepers Association. After the opening we were able to take a tour of the apiary and teaching facilities, which include a beehive which is inside the main classroom allowing students to see a mentor working with the hive even if the weather outside is bad – remember last summer!
The Quantock Beekeepers Association new apiary was supported by the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund.
Photo – Ken Edwards QBKA, Trish Edwards QBKA, Mr J Irish (landowner) and Caroline Butter SBKA.