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Bumper honey harvest for eco-business is great news for bees


A Kinross -based sustainable business is celebrating its biggest honey harvest to date.

Webster Honey collected nearly two tonnes of the sweet stuff which is currently being extracted into jars.

With some of the honey making its way to farm shops all over Scotland, the remainder will be offered to the businesses, schools and nurseries that have been hosting the Webster Honey hives.

Hive hosts across the country include the likes of Eden Locke Aparthotel and Cameron Toll in Edinburgh, East Kilbride Shopping Centre in South Lanarkshire and Mhor Hotel at Balquidder.

Many more schools and nurseries across Scotland also enjoyed having a hive in their grounds and as the last lockdown eased, Webster Honey was able to briefly resume its educational programme which sees beekeeper Meik carry out lesson plans teaching children about the life cycle of bees, and their importance to the eco system.

As the current season comes to a close, Meik outlined the process involved in extracting the honey from the hives, feeding the bees, and preparing for the next season.

“We start by cleaning the hives and extracting the honeycombs,” said Meik. “

Then we start varroa treatment and feeding the bees, as at this time of the year, once the heather is finished flowering in the next two to three weeks, there isn’t much food around for them anymore.

“The bee colonies are very strong this year, and we have to wait for the bees to ‘cap off’ which is when they stop producing the honey, it can vary across each hive.

“After that we start doing any hive repairs and generally preparing for next season.

“This year’s season got off to a late, and very wet start, but has ended very well indeed with us almost trebling the amount of honey we harvested last year.”

Meik mentioned one honey harvest that stood out: “We had a record harvest in a hive hosted in an individual’s back garden this year. This particular customer had five hives.

“An average hive produces around 20-25kg of surplus honey per season that can be taken, but out of three of the hives there was a total of 164kg. I personally have never seen that much, and I have been a beekeeper for many years.”

“It’s good news for Webster Honey, and for bees generally.”




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