Mains of Murthly Fruit Farm in Aberfeldy is now home to thirty new beehives, supplied by Kinross based Webster Honey.

Founded in 2015 with just two hives, Webster sells its sustainable honey online, and also carries out educational classes with schools and nurseries across Scotland, letting them look after hives for as long as a year, during which time its beekeeper, Meik Molitor, conducts age appropriate lessons about bees. Businesses and individuals can also sponsor hives, and enjoy staff incentive experiences at Webster Honey’s School in Scotlandwell.

It has just undertaken the task of distributing over 200 new hives right across Scotland to locations such as Mains of Murthly, which will provide an ideal habitat in which bees can flourish. A number of country estates, nature reserves, and national forests have also agreed to host Webster Honey hives, and the business hopes to announce its first partnership with a Scottish boutique Hotel Group in the coming weeks.

Commenting on taking possession of the hives, Mains of Murthly owner Calum McDiarmid, who also owns the Spirit of Wood Furniture store with his wife Nicky, said: “We are delighted to have hives here from Webster Honey. We could not find a better location for bees than a fruit farm like ours, so we are sure the bees are going to love it here, as we have pasture as well as the fruit bushes.

"I put on a beekeeping suit myself just last week, under beekeeper Meik’s guidance, and checked out what goes on in the hives. It’s a fascinating subject, and I’m enjoying the learning experience. Bees are endangered, so we are glad to be doing our bit to help them survive, and of course it’s a mutually beneficial relationship, as bees are important pollinators of crops.”

Mr Molitor said: “Our thanks go to Calum for agreeing to take these hives – he’s right, this is going to be a premier location for the bees, and I’m predicting a bumper harvest of honey later in the year! This is important for us as profits from the sales of the honey go straight back into the company to buy more hives and equipment.”

Business founder Daniel Webster said: “We couldn’t achieve our expansion aims for Webster Honey without the support of businesses like Mains of Murthly and Spirit of Wood, and I too would like to extend my heartfelt thanks. We’ve had a very busy Spring logistically with over 200 hives to transport to their new homes all over Scotland.

"Bees have been winners in lockdown with many hives thriving in the conditions, so this is one very good thing that has come out of this experience, although obviously we are very disappointed that we have not been able to get into the schools and nurseries, as we would have been doing at this time of the year.”

Information is available on the school and nursery programmes for the new term August 2020 (dependent on Covid-19 regulations), and on business sponsorship, by emailing buzz@websterhoney.co.uk.