28-Feb-2018

A new ramp leading into the public viewing gallery of the Apiary at Hinchingbrooke Country Park has been installed by Huntingdon Beekeepers' Association (HBKA), with support from Huntingdon Town Council and the Friends of Hinchingbrooke Country Park.

The ramp was officially opened last week by David Hetherington, President of HBKA, alongside Cllr Richard West, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council and Cllr Jay Dyne, Mayor of Huntingdon.

The park, which is managed by Huntingdonshire District Council, already has good paths for buggies, wheelchair users and people with impaired vision. This new ramp now makes it possible for these visitors to enjoy the apiary from the viewing gallery. It complements the adapted bikes which are hired out under the PEDALS scheme and the cross country Trampers, which are available free of charge. This is yet another positive step towards creating a fully inclusive park.

Cllr Jim White, whose executive responsibilities include countryside services commented: "This ramp is another great addition to the park. The park already hosts over 100,000 people every year, and these facilities enrich the visitor experience. I would like to congratulate the Beekeepers' Association, the Friends and my Town Council counterparts for their initiative."

The apiary has been at the park since 2000 and has been continually growing and updating its facilities. The honey produced there has become very popular with local people and demand normally exceeds supply.

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