BEEKEEPERS have received a grant to allow them to build a new viewing shed as their pastime becomes more popular with visitors.

The money will pay for a new, larger shed at the home of the Huntingdonshire Beekeeping Association at Hinchingbrooke Country Park in Huntingdon.

Roger Wood, apiary manager, said he believed the £9,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund would help them accommodate the people who are beginning to recognise the importance of bees and their affect on the environment.

"There are 14 hives which house honey bees, the variety that has the biggest impact on the environment," he said. "We have seen more and more people come to watch bees at work and with the grant, we are able to offer a bigger platform to view our bees."

Art students from Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon, will create a mural for the shed to show how bees contribute to the environment.

INFORMATION: The new viewing shed will be open every day while the beekeepers will open hives every Sunday at 2pm from April to September. Free admission. For more details visit www.huntsbka.org.uk