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A Blair­gowrie cherry grower has been crowned cham­pion of the out­stand­ing cat­e­gory of a su­per­mar­ket’s Farm­ing for the Fu­ture com­pe­ti­tion.

Wester Essendy’s Matthew McIn­tyre has been recog­nised by Marks and Spencer for his in­no­va­tive work, which has led to him be­ing able to sup­ply cher­ries to the re­tailer into Oc­to­ber, much later than other grow­ers.

Af­ter ini­tially win­ning his re­gional cat­e­gory, Matthew was crowned the over­all winner out of ten re­gional and over­seas fi­nal­ists in the com­pany’s an­nual awards.

Matthew’s fam­ily has been grow­ing soft fruit near Blair­gowrie for over 100 years and to­day, to­gether with his fa­ther Euan, Matthew grows 125 acres of fruit, in­clud­ing 40 acres of cher­ries.

For his ef­fort Matthew has won a place on the M&S Agri­cul­tural Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme, worth £4500.

He said:“I am de­lighted to be recog­nised at this level and to ac­cept this pres­ti­gious prize.

“I want to tex­tend my thanks to the M&S team.

“Grow­ing cher­ries so far north is chal­leng­ing, and M&S notic­ing our ef­fort and in­no­va­tion shows how closely they work and ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­pli­ers.”

Cham­pion Matthew McIn­tyre

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