SAINT Athan Library has been given a helping hand thanks to a donation from Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant, from sales of its site-produced honey.

The honey, which is harvested from the beehives installed at the plant’s quarry, was produced and sold to colleagues on site. The jars, which sold in less than three days, raised £80 which was donated to the library to help with running costs.

Aberthaw Cement Plant environmental coordinator, Kara Bennett, said: "We are delighted that our colleagues have supported us to help raise money for St Athan Library.

"Our bees are being looked after so well and the honey they’ve produced is testament to the fantastic conditions they thrive on.

"At Aberthaw we are committed to help local community projects and are delighted to have been able to make this donation to St Athan Library."

The bee hives at Aberthaw are carefully managed by external beekeepers who are working hard to increase the number of hives year on year.

Trustee of St Athan Community Hub and Library, Derek Wilmot, said: "We are extremely grateful for this donation from our friends at Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant.

"As a charity we are reliant on external funding and with the library being run on a volunteer basis, donations such as this are vital.

"We’d like to thank the beekeepers of the plant for their work in harvesting the honey but also extend our thanks to the team for helping to raise this money through the honey sale."