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26 October 2010

Barnsley BKA Received a Cheque from the Co-operative Communities Fund

The Barnsley Beekeepers Association has been presented with grant funding from the Co-operative  under its Community Fund scheme.

Barnsley BKA applied to the fund run by the Co-operative Group in order to help pay for the set up of the association’s training apiary. The money received will be used to purchase additional equipment.

The training apiary is aimed at helping new beekeepers (and existing beekeepers who wish to brush up their skills) learn about husbandry techniques involved in keeping bees successfully.

It is hoped that more people from the Barnsley area will be become beekeepers and the association apiary will help give any prospective beekeepers a taste of the craft.

The plight of the honey bee has become an important news topic in recent years. Honey bee numbers have fallen dramatically over the last few years.

Picture: From the left, Phil Askham and Gary Francis (senior members of Barnsley BKA),

Val Francis (Secretary of Barnsley BKA) receiving the award from the Co-op.

Possible reasons given in the press for the decline in honey bee numbers include bee diseases and the widespread use of crop treatments. It is reckoned that honey bees contribute up to £200 million a year to British agriculture.

The Co-operative Group is a major proponent of honey bee issues with its Plan Bee campaign and the funding awarded to the Barnsley BKA will help us to spread the same message.