Bothwell beekeeper Avril Clark is buzzing after one of her products won a prestigious prize at the Royal Highland Show.
She was awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon for her magnificent display of moulded beeswax shapes.
It’s presented to the outstanding exhibit in the Honey Show during the Ingliston extravaganza - but only when there are more than 100 exhibits and only when there is an entry of the highest standard.
The prize entitles Avril to attend and compete at the National Honey Show in Windsor this November.
Avril is a member of the Beekeeping Group attached to Bothwell Community Garden.
Her success at Ingliston didn’t end with the Blue Ribbon. She won three first prizes for her displays of beeswax candles and for her mead.
Not surprisingly, she received the Ian Craig Perpetual Trophy awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in the beeswax section.
Imaginative Avril also won second prize for her honey-flavoured chutney and third prize for a honey–based cocktail.
She was congratulated on her achievements by Bron Wright, president of the Scotish Beekeepers’ Association.
The Organic Growers of Bothwell, who have tended the community garden since it was set up in 2010, are delighted with her success.
A spokesman said: “There are eight or nine members of the beekeepers’ group and their honey is gorgeous. We are thrilled to bits with Avril’s success especially as it gives her the chance to go on to a national championship.”
Honey lovers will get a chance to sample the produce of Avril and her fellow beekeepers when the community garden has its next open day in September. Visitors will be able to view the hives then. That event forms part of Bothwell Scarecrow Festival.
Eight members of the Bothwell group have achieved the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association Beekeeping certificate with distinction.
In 2011 members planted a ‘bee friendly’ border which was stocked with plants to attract bees and other pollinators. It shows how people can support these important insects in their own gardens
Meanwhile, the indifferent weather of this summer has meant mixed results for the gardeners who work on around 60 raised beds at the Blantyre Road facility.
One said: The wet weather has meant crops such as peas and strawberries are thriving, but the likes of broad beans and runner beans are not doing so well.”