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Coopers Square is all abuzz as bees return

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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SHOPPERS were buzzing around Coopers Square in Burton as the site held a sale of honey made by its very own bees.

It was the second year the site hosted bees on its roof, offering the produce up for shoppers visiting the shopping centre, and it was as popular as ever.

Enough honey was made to fill 270 jars in the weeks leading up to the sale, and every one of them was sold on Saturday.

Some of the amount went to the British Beekeepers Association.

Richard Matkin, who attended on the day and is a member of the Burton Beekeepers Association, said: "Saturday was another successful day for us and our bees.

"It's fantastic when our honey is met with approval from shoppers.

"Like most humans, bees are lovers of good weather and this year has been so fantastic that our buzzy friends got to work and made over double the amount of jars that they did last year.

"Myself and two other beekeepers, Bob Hurd and Dave Coates, installed the three hives on the Coopers Square shopping centre roof in June last year, and it's so rewarding to see the honey being enjoyed by the public."

Experts were on hand to offer information and advice about bee keeping with some of the bees who have set up their home at the centre.

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