An incredible edible summer

Miriam Adcock of Zero Waste Scotland talking to Reeni Kennedy Boyle during Butefest 2018
Miriam Adcock of Zero Waste Scotland talking to Reeni Kennedy Boyle during Butefest 2018

Since opening the Chapel Hill edible gardens, the Incredible Edible Bute team has seen a great interest in the work it is doing.

Accompanied by Bute Produce, which has been delivering a series of training courses and ‘taster sessions’, this summer has been an excellent opportunity for locals to take part and try something new.

The ‘Bee Talk’ which Bute Produce offered produced such a buzz that the course quickly filled up.

Beekeeper Rab Duff was accompanied by David Rennie in delivering a lesson on how a hive works, how he collects the honey and what is involved in maintaining the hive.

Rab said: “The honey has a light, citrus flavour this year, probably because the bees feed on the pollen of the fruit in our garden.

“We now have two hives and hope to see a larger crop next year as a result.”

Incredible Edible Bute was also at a wet and windy Butefest, talking to visitors about its work in the Chapel Hill gardens and along Battery Place. The edible gardens have been very popular since opening in June, and the team is keen to hear from anyone wishing to join their efforts.

There were also recent visits to two local farms to learn about how Bute’s local livestock are reared.

The summer activities are far from over. Bute Produce is currently running one of its ‘Grow Your Own’ courses, allowing anyone not familiar with a garden and wanting to learn about growing and maintaining their own beds.

For more information call 01700 503181.