bees have Arrived at Glasgow royal Infirmary

The use of honey for medicinal purposes has been around for over 5000 years with its origins in ancient Greece Rome and Egypt. We celebrate the honey bee in our logo to recognise the importance of this wonderful insect in sustaining life on our planet. With the help and support of the Glasgow and District Beekeeping Association we now have  2 bee hives at Glasgow Royal Infirmary that are  looked after by beekeepers Scott Craig and Mike Duncan  both members of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association. 

We are delighted that Mike’s hive  produced 39 jars of Friends of Glasgow Royal Honey.

On Tuesday 1st December 2021 we set our our stall in Centre Block  to sell our honey and promote our Bee sponsorship programme. For £20 you receive a Bee sponsorship certificate (and name your bee),  a Friends of GRI T shirt, a pin badge and a A5 print of Glasgow Royal From the Necropolis by Renzo Mazzolini. You can still sponsor a bee by emailing us at 


Mike Duncan – I am member of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association and have been keeping bees for 4years. My hives are located in the south side of Glasgow, close to Pollok Park. Even in an urban setting there is lots of forage for the bees, from Snowdrops and Crocus in the spring to tree blossom such as Sycamore, Chestnut and Lime, then in the Autumn there is Himalayan balsam, Ivy and Rosebay Willow herb.
My other interests are gardening , I have an allotment in Pollok Park, golfing and cycling. I am pleased to be involved with the Friends of GRI and to be placing a hive in the hospital grounds. Living in the south side, I will be close enough to cycle to the hospital for the weekly hive inspections. So if you see a ‘strange’ cyclist towing a bee hive, be sure to stop me and say hello.

Scott Craig – I’m a retired trapeze artist now studying Biomedical Science and planning to study Medicine afterwards. I manage the bees at the Bardykes Farm Nursery School in Blantyre and I’m also on the committee of the Glasgow and Districts Beekeepers Association. I was a patient at the GRI many years ago as a child so it’s great to be able to give back to such an important place with an incredible history that I may even end up working in one day!



We recently received a donation of £1.5k from the Robertson Trust via Edringtons sustainability department led by Emma Wylie to buy  plants and containers for the bee garden. Emma and a team of volunteers from Edringtons helped us plant bee friendly flowers including spring bulbs that will help the bees throughout the seasons. We were pleased to work again with Caulders garden centre especially Lorna from the Mearnskirk branch who gave us advice about the most appropriate plants. The Glasgow Wood recycling centre on South Street supplied our planters. 

There are many green areas around the GRI site so if  you wish to be involved in the care of our bees or any garden projects them please get in touch.