Bute firm’s efforts bear fruit at Holyrood apple day

Lauren Holly Miller presents John Hancox of the Commonwealth Orchard Foundation with a donation from Bute-based firm Coffee Conscience.
Lauren Holly Miller presents John Hancox of the Commonwealth Orchard Foundation with a donation from Bute-based firm Coffee Conscience.

A Bute-based supplier of Fairtrade products attended Holyrood Apple Day at the Scottish Parliament this week.

As part of their continued support for the Commonwealth Orchards & Fruitful Scotland projects, Coffee Conscience has funded more than a thousand apple trees through sales of Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate.

The company’s managing director Billy Miller took along a range of Bute apples for display at the event, alongside more than 70 apple varieties from orchards throughout Scotland.

North Bute Primary pupil Lauren Holly Miller presented a donation to John Hancox from the Commonwealth Orchard Foundation which will be used to support up to 30 community orchards in the forthcoming winter planting season.

Billy said: “It was a memorable day as the apple tree support is one of a number of initiatives we promote to raise environmental awareness and carbon reduction.

“Three years ago, I thought that with the support from our customers we would fund around 60 trees, but the uptake and interest has grown and it was rewarding when we reached the 1,000 tree milestone in August. I am very proud of our customers and community groups.”