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Andrew Mitchell MP joins Royal Town’s beekeepers for the annual Bar-Bee-Q

Andrew Mitchell has joined local beekeepers from the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Branch of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association at their annual Bar-Bee-Q, at the teaching apiary in Sutton Park.

Mr Mitchell regularly attends the annual Bar-Bee-Q and takes a keen interest in how each season is going. He spoke to fellow guests about their successes and experiences this summer and was told that there had been a lot of honey bee swarming activity this year. There is however a threat to our bees looming from the Asian Hornet.

Sutton Beekeepers have been out volunteering to collect swarms wherever possible and educating the public on honey bee, bumble bee and wasp identification and the different benefits to the environment.
Andrew was interested that the Branch regularly carries out activities in support of the charity Bees Abroad and that one member had previously collected over £2000 for the charity.

Following the barbeque, Andrew said:
“Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our environment. The Government’s recent National Pollinator Strategy is particularly welcome.

“I welcome the work the Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham Branch of the Beekeepers Association has done in educating people in understanding how important it is to protect bees.”

Andrew Mitchell MP joins Royal Town’s beekeepers for the annual Bar-Bee-Q

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