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Bringing ‘heritage potatoes’ back to Bute

Trainees Gerry Docherty and Richard Walker at the planting of Bute's first 'heritage potatoes' at the Bute Produce market garden in Rothesay on April 29, 2014.

Trainees Gerry Docherty and Richard Walker at the planting of Bute's first 'heritage potatoes' at the Bute Produce market garden in Rothesay on April 29, 2014.

 

Three rare varieties of Bute potato were returned to the island’s soil this week as part of a ‘heritage horticulture’ project in Rothesay.

Five examples of the Marquess of Bute, Pride of Bute and Beauty of Bute varieties were planted at Bute Produce’s market garden at Ashfield on Tuesday by trainees Gerry Docherty and Richard Walker.

Gerry and Richard have been taken on by Bute Produce’s parent company Fyne Futures as part of the project, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Fyne Futures general manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle said: “Being able to support two full-time workplace training positions is central to Fyne Futures’ aims and objectives, and adds to the workplace trainees already in place at Bute Produce.”

* More on this story in the May 2 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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