Project bid to boost health

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A project to raise aware­ness of Gal­loway’s rich larder of wild and cul­ti­vated fruit and nuts was launched this week.

The Love our Fruit and Nuts campaign is led by the South­West Com­mu­ni­tyWood­land­sTrust and will fo­cus on the Ken/Dee val­ley.

Top of the menu will be en­cour­ag­ing knowl­edge, plant­ing and eating of na­tive fruit and nuts.

The project also aims to boost health and well­be­ing, en­hance bio­di­ver­sity and re­duce car­bon emis­sions.

The trust’s Jools Cox and Jenny Stephen­son are leading the pro­gramme.

Ms Stephen­son said:“I am ex­cited to be work­ing with peo­ple to plant fruit and nut trees so that we can eat food grown lo­cally.

“This re­duces food miles, re­sult­ing in less fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions too.”

Community or­chard ad­min­is­tra­tor Jools Cox added:“I have been plant­ing fruit trees in Dum­fries and Gal­loway for the past ten years.

“It will be ex­cit­ing to taste some new recipes us­ing the lo­cal fruit.

“I have spo­ken to sev­eral restau­rant own­ers and they are keen to get cre­at­ing.

“I would en­cour­age every­one to get on board and show what our fab­u­lous en­vi­ron­ment can pro­duce.”

The scheme will in­volve schools, landown­ers and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties sup­port­ing lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude plant­ing trees, prun­ing cour­ses and talks.

The project is also seek­ing new or ex­ist­ing fruit and nut recipes us­ing lo­cal sea­sonal pro­duce, home grown or wild.

It will run over two years and will end with a‘Fruit and Nuts’fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing the new col­lec­tion of recipes us­ing lo­cal her­itage va­ri­eties.

The Gal­loway Glens Our Her­itage small grant scheme is back­ing the Love our Fruit and Nuts project with a grant of £5,000.

Gal­loway Glens Scheme ad­min­is­tra­tor Jude Crooks said:“From lo­cal el­der­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries to the fa­mous Gal­loway Pip­pin ap­ple, the Gal­loway larder has brought some unique items to our table through his­tory.

“We need to un­der­stand and cher­ish the lo­cal fruit va­ri­eties.

“The Gal­loway Glens team looks for­ward to work­ing with Jools, Jenny and the South­West Community Wood­land­sTrust to re­ally raise the pro­file of our lo­cal va­ri­eties and pro­tect them for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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