CO-OP SWEETNER FOR CADDONFOOT BEEKEEPERS

Julia and James Edey, of Caddonfoot Beekeepers' Association, collect the sugar donation from Alison Lamond, of The Co-operative Group's Lothian and Borders Area Committee, and store manager Craig Boggs, with members of Jedforest Instrumental Band who were playing festive music to entertain shoppers.
Julia and James Edey, of Caddonfoot Beekeepers' Association, collect the sugar donation from Alison Lamond, of The Co-operative Group's Lothian and Borders Area Committee, and store manager Craig Boggs, with members of Jedforest Instrumental Band who were playing festive music to entertain shoppers.

A SUPERMARKET giant is doing its bit for bees in the Borders by making sure they’ve got plenty of sugar to help them through the winter.

The past year’s poor weather meant Caddonfoot Beekeepers’ Association needed extra sugar so they could feed their bees a sugar solution during the winter months to keep them healthy.

The Co-operative Group’s Lothian and Borders Area Committee agreed a donation of £100 of sugar – and representatives from Caddonfoot Beekeepers’ Association collected the donation from The Co-operative Food store in Jewellers Wynd, High Street, Jedburgh.

Alison Lamond, of The Co-operative Group’s Lothian and Borders Area Committee, joined store manager Craig Boggs to present the sugar to the beekeepers.

She said: “The welfare of British bees is something The Co-operative Group continues to play a leading role in, with our Plan Bee campaign, so we were delighted to be able to provide some practical help for bees in the Borders.”

The Plan Bee initiative, launched three years ago, supports research into the native British honeybee, takes action on pesticide usage and has given away more than a million packets of wildflower seeds to provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinators.