Local MSP is a busy bee

The announcement of a �200,000 fund to help commercial bee farmers prompted a group of individual beekeepers to contact Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame. Pictured

The announcement of a �200,000 fund to help commercial bee farmers prompted a group of individual beekeepers to contact Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame. Pictured

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The announcement of a £200,000 fund to help commercial bee farmers prompted a group of individual beekeepers to contact Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame.

There are around 1,500 individual beekeepers in Scotland who to date have not received government help to restock after severe weather conditions diminished, and in some cases completely wiped out, their colonies.

The Newbattle Beekeepers Association contacted Ms Grahame who now has asked Environment Minister Richard Lochhead to step in and help.

Ms Grahame met with the secretary of Newbattle Beekeepers Association recently to discuss the devastation that people have been facing. Some keepers have gone from 15 to 3 hives in the past year.