Bees & Gardens
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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 4 bee hives at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 2 of our hives are looked after by beekeepers Scott Craig and Mike Duncan both members of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association. The other 2 hives are looked after by Dean Parker of Cellantano’s based at Cathedral House Hotel. Hilary Wilson and Kate Stevens are the latest bee keepers supervised by Mike Duncan.
Last year Mike’s hive produced 39 jars of Friends of Glasgow Royal Honey that sold out quickly on Tuesday 1st December 2021.
The next sale of honey will be Friday 18th November 2022 in the museum.
You can help support our bees with our bee sponsorship programme. For £20 you receive a Bee sponsorship certificate (and name your bee), a pin badge and a A5 print of Glasgow Royal From the Necropolis by Renzo Mazzolini.
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.
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!
South African born, where my love for food started. I then moved to and worked in London as a chef for 18 years where I fell in with a Glaswegian. My wife, Anna, and I opened Celentano’s in 2021, a restaurant between central and east Glasgow looking over The Necropolis. I previously had some beehives on a roof I used to work at where my interest in bees started. I am fascinated of how intelligent they are, how they communicate with the whole hive and how they are one of the only community driven insects. I appreciate how important they are to the eco system and I’m very grateful to be part of such a unique, community driven project.
Kate Stevens & Hilary Wilson
We are both doctors at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and we are the latest members of the beekeeping community. With the helpful instruction from Mike Duncan who also has a hive at the Royal, we now have responsibility for the fourth hive.
We are relatively new to beekeeping and recently completed the introductory course at the Ayr and District beekeeping Association.
We 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 in September 2021 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.