Adopt a Beehive statement
Members may have become aware of activity on beekeeping forums and social media claiming that the BBKA Adopt a Beehive scheme is a ‘scam’. Funds raised from this scheme are used in support of the charities educational objectives and for research.
These spurious posts and figures appear to have been posted online by an individual who has recently lost a court case against the BBKA, trying to claim fees for work done at an excessive rate. The figures relating to costs are not correct.
The Adopt a Beehive and Friends of the Honey Bee schemes are indeed under review by the Trustees to make them operate more efficiently and deliver more for its charitable work. Part of this review relates to reducing the fixed costs of running the schemes whilst increasing revenue from them, so making larger sums available for charitable work.
It is important also to point out on behalf of the agency which is paid to run the scheme that the figures suggested for their costs bear no relation whatsoever to its fees. The agency is paid for one day a month; for every day billed, they give a further two days of time pro bono.
We thank all the hard working beekeepers and individuals who are involved with the scheme. It is a popular way of raising funds and has been running successfully for a number of years but as noted earlier is under review to make it more efficient and successful.