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Basingstoke Mayor finds a queen in town

Blandford & Sturminster BKA visit Photo: Zoe McLaren

On 13 July 2019, 18 members of the Blandford & Sturminster BKA (part of Dorset BKA) enjoyed a rare public visit to Vita Bee Health’s apiary in Basingstoke, UK. They were honoured to be joined by the Mayor of Basingstoke Councillor Diane Taylor, and her consort.  An additional special guest was a local boy with learning difficulties who is fascinated by bees.

In groups, visitors were shown the Vita apiary at a town allotment by Paulo Mielgo and learned about how two Basingstoke Beekeepers run it, the Vita trials there, and tips about the application of Vita’s products.  There was also an introduction to Vita’s local and international R&D activities followed by a stimulating Q&A session in Vita’s office.

Basingstoke’s mayor was very impressed by Vita’s activities and proud that such important pollinator work is taking place in her town. Finding a queen in Basingstoke, on her very first visit to an apiary, was a particular thrill!

Clearly Blandford & Sturminster BKA enjoyed their visit: “Very many thanks for a wonderful day. Everyone who came found it instructive, interesting and were most impressed with the very smooth organisation.” A visit such as this “makes me review what I do”.

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