John the beekeeper
I have been a beekeeper since 2011 and like all beekeepers am always learning. Since retiring as a doctor, I have become an enthusiastic beekeeper, fascinated by the honey bee. I'm also a committed environmentalist and see that beekeeping helps to contribute to improving and maintaining the environment. Bees are very important pollinators and massively important to the diversity of the local flora.
I have nine hives as we go into 2020, I maintain some of these on land at my home but also have some hives in Priorwood Gardens in Melrose. I also have some hives on a farm near St Boswells.
In 2019 my bees produced 500lbs of honey which was either sold locally or given away to friends. I was also able to produce some nucleus (starter) colonies for new beekeepers.
I was secretary of the Scottish Beekeepers Association from 2015 - 2018 and am now the Chair of the Borders Beekeepers Association. In conjunction with others, I help run the Beginners courses which is held every year starting in February. In 2020 the course is fully booked.
I give talks about bees and beekeeping around the borders to varying groups and am happy to come to meetings to talk about bees and beekeeping for a small fee to cover my expenses.