Berry good work
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