Sir – The grand opening of the new WitneyBees teaching apiary took place at Southdown Farm, off Crawley Road on Saturday, July 26.

Ian James, the past chairman of Oxfordshire Bee Keepers’ Association, cut the ribbon to officially open the apiary and thanked those who were involved in the project for all their hard work.

With some eight colonies of bees now established at the new teaching apiary, visitors split into groups and inspected the hives under the expert guidance of Mr James and Keith Crocker.

Refreshments were kindly provided by Camilla Daukes and Sue Meech and those who had brought picnics sat eating them admiring the view from under the gazebo and the beautiful new shed, surrounded by flowers dotted with butterflies.

A job well done by those in West Oxfordshire contributing to the survival, understanding and longevity of the honey bee.

Nick Holt-Kentwell, Crawley Road, Witney