New Cupar project coming to fruition

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A NEW initiative which aims to encourage more people in Cupar to grow fruit is showing signs of flourishing with 70 householdings registering their interest.

The Fruit and Blossom group, called Cupar’s FAB, aims to encourage fruit growing throughout the community, and will be helping participants all the way through the process from planting to harvesting.

Now FAB, which is part of Sustainable Cupar, is planning its first public meeting, which will be held at Elmwood College on Saturday, August 20, from 10am-noon.

Sustainable Cupar’s Sarah Davidson, who has been working along with part time town centre co-ordinator Viv Collie, said that the response has so far been very encouraging.

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“We’ve had a presence at the Farmers’ Market and good local publicity, and now we want to bring people together to take things forward,” she said.

“The meeting will give us the chance to talk about who wants to plant fruit, sourcing plants and trees at reasonable cost, growing community fruit, cider making, wassailing, cooking, juicing and storing our produce, and providing ongoing training for local people.”

Sarah went on: “We will also discuss plans for our planned demonstration garden at Elmwood College, which has offered us a small piece of land.

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“Viv, who is also a trained facilitator, will help run the meeting, and Iain Hunter, a horticultural lecturer from the college, will show us how to take cuttings from blueberries.

“There will also be information about other Sustainable Cupar activities and after the meeting there will be an opportunity to visit the organic apple orchard planted by the college at Cuparmuir”

Sarah said anyone interested in fruit growing is welcome to attend, but the organisers need to know numbers before the day so please contact 01334 653433 or cuparfruit@hotmail.co.uk

For more information on Sustainable Cupar visit the website www.sustainablecupar.co.uk