New Apiary Building at Crathes Castle

Managed by: Aberdeen and District Beekeeper’s Association


Project Description

The Project will see the construction of a new fit for purpose apiary building for Aberdeen and District Beekeeper’s Association (ADBKA) to be located in grounds at Crathes Castle.  The organisation is mostly beekeepers, numbering over 200, spread throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 

Their aim is to encourage best practice in beekeeping and to keep abreast of the latest science and art of beekeeping, to introduce newcomers to beekeeping and disseminate information to the wider public about the importance of bees to the environment.  The group will build on this involvement with non-beekeepers by providing some carefully controlled apiary events for limited numbers of the public.  They also provide an annual series of lectures for beginners and interested members of the public.

The new log cabin style apiary building will be essential for all aspects of apiary activities, many of which have a teaching and training dimension. ADBKA has a long tradition of providing beekeeping education to its members and interested members of the public.  The construction of this building will enable the Association to expand their school education programme.  ADBKA will invite school groups to the apiary from time to time to find out more about the vital role that bees have in our natural environment.


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Contact Details


John Cooper


01224 637774