Project bid to boost health
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.”