A local beekeeping group has been awarded a £3000 grant from an onshore wind farm.
Avondale Community Beekeepers, based in South Lanarkshire, has been given a generous donation from Banks Renewables’ Kype Muir Wind Farm Community Fund (KMCP).
The group has used the fund to purchase two new honey extractors and they have increased production by 20%.
Stewart Wilson, a member of the Avondale Beekeepers committee, said: “The new honey extractors have changed the game for us - not only can we now harvest more honey, it has saved us bags of time in the process.
“The support from Banks Renewables really has been critical in allowing us to manufacture honey in a more effective way.
"For example, we can now reuse our frames season after season, making us far more eco-friendly across the board.
“With this new technology, we are able to continue to thrive as a group whilst also increasing the biodiversity of the area and continuing to support the declining species.
"We are very grateful to Banks for supporting us with that.”
The group, running since 2015, has around 44 hives in the gardens of its 14 members' homes.
Each hive can house between 20,000 and 60,000 bees at any one time, and the group are aiming to prevent the decline of the honeybee, which is responsible for over half the pollination of crops and produce in Scotland.
KMCP member Robert Craig said: “It is excellent to see the sheer benefits that the KMCP fund can bring.
'Helping projects like this thrive in the local community is increasingly important in the current economic climate.”
Robin Winstanley, sustainability and external affairs manager at Banks Renewables, added: “By looking after bees and helping the species to thrive in the local area, the Avondale Community Beekeepers is making a great contribution to the environment with this impressive project.
“The group’s values in sustainability, community and biodiversity match very closely with ours here at Banks, so it made total sense to award them funding generated from our Kype Muir Wind Farm.
"We’re delighted to be able to support another excellent local project.”