Volunteers sought for Bute potato project

Fyne Futures has received more than �60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a 'heritage horticulture' training centre on Bute, including the history and reintroduction of some rare potato varieties native to the island.

Fyne Futures has received more than �60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a 'heritage horticulture' training centre on Bute, including the history and reintroduction of some rare potato varieties native to the island.

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A series of events is about to kick off in Rothesay as part of a ‘heritage horticulture’ project aimed at bringing rare Bute potato varieties back to life on the island.

The Fyne Futures project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is seeking up to 24 volunteers willing to learn more about the history of the humble potato on Bute and to pick up practical training on the special skills needed to work with seed potato varieties.

Five examples of the rare Marquess of Bute, Pride of Bute and Beauty of Bute varieties were planted at Bute Produce’s market garden at Ashfield last year, while a booklet, A Short History of the Potato on Bute, has also been published by Paul Duffy of Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage as part of the initiative.

This latest series of events begins with a tractor demonstration at the Bute Produce garden from 10am to 1pm this Monday, February 23, and will be followed by a full day of potato planting at the garden on Tuesday, February 24.

A demonstration of potato bread making will follow on Thursday, March 5, with a cookery demonstration on Friday, March 6.

To find out more about the event and about taking part as a volunteer, call Fyne Futures on (01700) 503181 or email admin@fynefutures.org.uk.