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 six hives as we go into the winter of 2023, I maintain some of these on land at my home but also have some hives and 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 was also the Chair of the Borders Beekeepers Association for three years.
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.