Perthshire grower claims farm award

The Co-operative Farms has awarded its Farm of the Year title to its fruit farm at Blairgowrie, Perthshire, at the group's annual conference in Kent.

The team at Rosemount Farm headed by Douglas McTaggart overcame tough challenges set by the season's weather, including gale-force winds, to meet peaks in demand such as supplying strawberries during Wimbledon, while also increasing its overall yield and reducing costs.

The Perthshire estate has been farmed by The Co- operative Farms since 1952 and besides strawberries grows carrots, potatoes and cereals. Part of the group's Habitat Heroes project, the farm encourages red squirrels with measures including "reds-only" feeding boxes.

It is also part of the award-winning From Farm to Fork scheme, which aims to give schoolchildren a greater understanding of farming and the outdoors.


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