Bees will create a real buzz in Bourton

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PEOPLE will be able to get close to a hive of working honey bees at a garden centre in the county this Sunday and again next week.

A representative from the Rugby and District Beekeepers’ Association, which is part of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), will be at Blooms Rugby Garden Centre on Straight Mile in Bourton-on-Dunsmore on Sunday, July 24 and again on Sunday, July 31, from 11.30am until 4pm, to talk to visitors about beekeeping.

Carole Berry, Manager of the garden centre, said: “To tie in with our Bee and Butterfly Festival, which we are hosting from July 16 until July 31, Dr Bruce Roberts from the Rugby and District Beekeepers’ Association will be at the garden centre with a special observation hive to give people the chance to see a working colony of bees in action.

“He will be on hand to chat to customers about the important role bees play in nature and gardening.”

People will be able to learn more about how bees make honey and the benefits bees have on the garden, the environment and the economy. It is estimated that bees contribute £191million to UK agriculture annually through the pollination of crops.

The BBKA, which was set up in 1874, is the UK’s leading organisation representing beekeepers.

It promotes the importance of bees in the environment, supports beekeepers through the education necessary to maintain healthy colonies of honey bees and raises awareness of the craft of beekeeping.

The garden centre is also supporting the BBKA and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust during the Bee and Butterfly Festival event and is helping raise awareness of their work.