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Kelvin Valley Honey

Kelvin Valley Honey is an enterprise set up by Kilsyth Community Market. It was born out of people's concerns about the dramatic decline in the area's honey bee population in recent years and the negative impact this has on crop, wildlife and certain woodland trees pollination.

The decline is due to a number of factors, amongst which are: the increase in Varroa Destructor mite; American and European Foul Brood infestation; Colony Collapse Disorder. Couple these factors with the especially harsh winters in 2009 - 2010 and 2010 - 2011 together with substantial reductions in the numbers of people keeping honey bees. It is estimated that in the past two years the local areas honey bee population has fallen by 2 million bees with fewer than 50 colonies involving a few handfuls of beekeepers remaining.

The objectives of Kelvin Valley Honey are:

• To raise awareness of the importance of bees in the food production chain and promote the conservation and creation of additional bee friendly natural habitats in urban, urban fringe and rural areas
• To raise awareness of the importance of bees in food production to the 'next generation' thereby increasing the active involvement of young people in habitat conservation/creation ,beekeeping and honey production.
• To conserve the areas native woodland species through ensuring a sufficient bee population to maintain and increase pollination of flowering varieties such as Sycamore, Apple, Hawthorne etc.
• To encourage the planting of native flowering wildflowers, fruit saplings and shrubs species to provide additional bee friendly habitats in urban and deforested rural areas.
• To increase the number of residents directly and actively involved in beekeeping and honey production.
• To establish a consortium of independent small scale producers so as to increase the volume of honey produced across the Kelvin Valley area and lay the foundations for a small to medium sized social enterprise honey and honey by products production.
• To develop honey and related by-products produced in the Kelvin Valley as a brand.

For further info, contact:
Kelvin Valley Honey
Heather McLean
Tel:  01236 820537

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210