Speyside hotel to play host to gardening lessons

Muckrach Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Dulnain Bridge will be the venue for the Grow Cairngorms’ summer “Dig In” programme.

Those taking part in the pilot project being backed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority and EU Leader funding will get their hands dirty learning how to grow their own fruit and veg.

There will also be a series of lectures at Dulnain Bridge Village Hall, with the “students” expanding on what they have been taught in Muckrach’s extensive vegetable garden.

The hotel already produces its own rhubarb, plums, redcurrants, rare breed potatoes and carrots, as well as numerous herbs such as borage and sweet Cicely.

Muckrach co-owner and chef Rebecca Ferrand is delighted they will be the venue, and said the event is in keeping with their ‘fresh and local’ food sourcing policy.

Grow Cairngorms’ Project Manager, Sheila Wickens, said: “People are often daunted by the prospect of growing their own because they don’t know where to start.

“This training will equip them with the skills they need to start growing, plus the confidence in their end produce.”

The project will involve six practical half-day sessions, including planning a garden, sowing, planting, protecting against pests and diseases, and harvesting crops.

There will be lectures on composting, growing in polytunnels, pests and diseases, preserving produce and growing fruit.

There is a cost for the scheme and more information is available via the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

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