About Us

Vote for us at Barclay's Take One Small Step competition

Kelvin Valley Honey has reached the finals of Barclay's Take One Small Step competition which carries a prize of £50,000. If we win the money will mean that we can extend the project further and faster. Please vote for Kelvin Valley Honey by going to www.takeonesmallstep.co.uk , click on finalists and Kelvin Valley Honey and vote. You will receive an email from Barclay's asking you to confirm your vote for Kelvin Valley Honey. Alternatively text Kelvin 62555. Kelvin Valley Honey is the only social enterprise to reach the finals from a UK wide entry of 1,800.

Kelvin Valley Honey is an initiative of Kilsyth Community Market Garden a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims owned and managed by residents of the Upper Kelvin Valley.

The project was born out of people's concerns about the dramatic decline in the area's honey bee population in recent years and the negative impact this has on crop, wildlife and certain woodland trees pollination. The decline is due to a number of factors, amongst which are: the increase in Varroa Destructor mite, American and European Foul Brood infestation, Colony Collapse Disorder, couple these factors with the especially harsh winters in 2009 - 2010 and 2010 - 2011 together with substantial reductions in the numbers of people keeping honey bees. It is estimated that in the past two years the local areas honey bee population has fallen by 2 million bees with fewer than 50 colonies involving a few handfuls of beekeepers remaining.

The overall objectives of Kelvin Valley Honey are:

We will achieve these objectives through:

Funding for the start up phase of KVH has been provided by the Kelvin Valley Leader Programme, the Big Lottery Awards for All Programme, Central Scotland Forest Trust Community programme, The Co-operative Community Fund and KCMG.

Leader Kelvin Valley Leader Europe and Scotland Making it Work Together Scottish Government Central Scotland Forest Trust Central Scotland Green Network The co-operative membership Community Fund Big Lottery Fund