Nothing ‘tatty’ about Rosemount growers

ngus councillors approved the plan to turn the site adjacent to the Rosehill Adult Resource Centre, Forties Road, into up to 12 affordable houses

ngus councillors approved the plan to turn the site adjacent to the Rosehill Adult Resource Centre, Forties Road, into up to 12 affordable houses

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They’re the cream of the crop - pupils at Rosemount Primary School have proved to be the best young tattie growers in Angus.

The youngsters have been presented with the Angus Potato Project Shield by local Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Angus Countryside Initiative (ACI) committee member and potato farmer Willie Officer, assisted by Rob Scott, from McCain Potatoes Ltd.

The shield is presented annually by RHET ACI to the class which grows the heaviest crop of potatoes from three seed potatoes planted as part of the project, with help from one of RHET’s local volunteers.

The pupils from Rosemount, which took part in last year’s competition, are now in P5 and their teacher Mrs Thorogood is taking part again with this year’s P4s.

The class’s potato crop weighed in at an impressive 3.5 kg.

Runners-up were Muirfield Primary in Arbroath, who worked with another of RHET ACI’s Committee members, Mrs Gill Lawrie.

The project is about to start again, with requests to take part having to be stopped just a few weeks after it was advertised to schools due to the popularity of the project.

In all 46 classes have been accepted to take part this year, which will involve well more than 1,000 pupils from a range of primary age classes.

The project is supported financially by McCain Potatoes Ltd., and RGS Forfar, with McCain providing all the seed potatoes. Some of their staff go out to schools to help with the planting sessions. Every class is provided with a large planting tub, a large bag of compost and six seed potatoes.