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Wellesley supports local bees

Aldershot’s Wellesley development is now even sweeter as it has become home to ten bee hives and permission for more to move on site has just been granted.

The Fleet Beekeepers Association (FBKA) set up its new apiary at Wellesley in Aldershot earlier this year. Following the success of the hives and the number of interested local beekeepers, the association has now expanded its space on the site and will be adding up to another ten hives later this year.

Alan Chitson, Development Manager at Grainger plc, said: “We are thrilled to have an apiary at Wellesley – allowing local beekeepers and local bees a safe place to work. With the number of bees in Britain dwindling over the last few years, the importance of encouraging them in the local environment has never been so important.”

Graham Read, from Fleet Beekeepers Association, said: “We are really pleased at how popular the apiary space at Wellesley has become. We are currently in the first season of these hives and we are hoping for a good harvest later this year. Who knows one day we may be able to create some Wellesley honey!”

He added: “If anyone is interested in finding out more about beekeeping, taking one of our training courses in early spring, or joining the association, please visit our website www.fleetbeekeepers.com for more information.”

Wellesley is a 3,850 new home development on former garrison land delivered by Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. The scheme is reinvigorating iconic former military buildings to create a place people are proud to call home.

With over 100 members who are active beekeepers, the Fleet Beekeepers Association covers North Hampshire, including Odiham, Hook, Fleet, Farnborough and Aldershot. It is a branch of the Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association, which is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association.