Donated hives for Western Isles beekeepers

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TODAY (Tuesday, June 7th) the Glasgow based beekeeping company Johnny’s Garden (named after an old Stephen Stills song ) took a 600 mile round trip to the Isle of Lewis to donate two hand-made bee hives to the Western Isles Beekeeping Association, one of which went to a crofter in Ness the other to a beekeeper in Point.

The hives are Warre Hives, a low maintenance, natural, eco-friendly hive that focusses on less intensive honey making and leads to happier, stronger bees.

One of the Johnny’s Garden directors is Mike Donald from Stornoway who now lives in Glasgow and while working to establish urban colonies in the city is also looking to help establish new streams of income and revenue for crofters in the Hebrides through the lucrative honey markets and strong interest in addressing the decline of native bee populations across Scotland due to Colony Collapse Disorder.

The donated hives have been made from reclaimed wood sources and finished with natural Easdale slate. The insulation is made from genuine Harris Tweed thanks to donations of material from the Harris Tweed Authority and Harris Tweed Hebrides.

Johnny’s Garden can provide bees, hives, advice and support for any crofter or smallholder in the Western Isles interested in taking up beekeeping and would like to thank the WI Beekeeping Association for their support and enthusiasm for the Warre Method of top-bar beekeeping championed by Johnny’s Garden in Glasgow.