Beekeeping body gets £50k boost

The Bridge House Trust has donated £50,000 to the Twickenham and Thames Valley Bee-Keepers Association to help it train more beekeepers.

The trust agreed to the grant after the association convinced it that the proliferation of bees was crucial to the sustainability of the environment, and that the UK bee population was declining because of disease.

"As Albert Einstein once said, 'If the bee becomes extinct, man would only survive a few years beyond it'," said Colin White, president of Twickenham and Thames Valley Bee-Keepers Association. "We need keepers out there that can recognise these diseases and seek help to treat them."

The grant will be spent on refurbishing its main meeting hall, in the first stage of the association's plan to redevelop all educational facilities at its teaching apiary.

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