The Presiding Officer today oversaw the arrival of the latest feature in the Scottish Parliament garden – two bee hives.
The arrival of the bees will see the Scottish Parliament become the first legislature in the UK to have a beehive and help support the honey bee population. The bee hives, which will be installed by Kelvin Valley Honey, will be home to Scottish honey bees which will arrive later in the year.
Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:
“I am delighted that the Scottish Parliament will be the first UK legislature to have its own beehive. It is a great way to support Scotland’s honey bee population which has sadly seen the numbers decline rapidly over the past couple of years.
“It is often said that the Parliament is a place with a great buzz, well it really will be true when we welcome the new additions to Holyrood.”
Paul Holmes, Chair of Kelvin Valley Honey said:
“Honey bees are responsible for the pollination of over 60% of all of Scotland’s agricultural crops, produce, fruits, flowers, trees, shrubs and plants.
“Honey bees at the Scottish Parliament is a positive example of how grass roots community organisations such as ours and the Nation’s policy and decision makers can join together in making a real difference to an issue that ultimately affects us all.”
Kelvin Valley Honey is an initiative of Kilsyth Community Market Garden a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims owned and managed by residents of the Upper Kelvin Valley
The project 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 beehives will be managed and maintained by Kelvin Valley Honey at no cost to the Scottish Parliament.