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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Club ready to harvest their first potato crop
EASE OF USE. . . Bags are chosen as they are easier for those without proper gardens to grow

HUNDREDS of potatoes are about to be harvested and shared in Annan thanks to a project run by Annan and District Rotary Club.

Their community potato growing project culminated in over 120 grow bags of potatoes, which were distributed across the town, to members of the club, to Caledonia Park in Gretna, the Harbour Action Group and even the Devils Porridge Museum in Eastriggs.

With the project sponsored in part by JBA Seed Potatoes of Annan, those taking part could choose between 667 varieties of potato seeds to grow within bags.

ALL TOGETHER. . . Rotary Group members collecting their seeds alongside members of Queensberry Bay leisure park, Devils porridge Eastriggs, Powfoot charity shop, Ian, the owner of Jamieson Brothers, and Stuart Thompson of Riding of the Marches

The bags themselves were chosen due to the ease of growing within properties not equipped with the garden space to grow potatoes, allowing far more people to take part.

Once harvested, the potatoes will be donated to charities such as Kate’s Kitchen, Annan Day Centre and Gretna Day Centre for their lunch clubs, as well as for free use by the general public.

Jim Ferguson, member of the Annan and District Rotary Club, said: “This project is about to harvest hundreds and hundreds of potatoes.

“It was in part thanks to the support of local businesses who donated their time and resources to making this project happen.

“Loreburne Housing Association is responsible for providing all of the grow and compost bags used for the project. The Jamieson brothers supplied the hundreds of potato seeds that are being grown as we speak.

READY FOR HARVEST. . . Fully-grown potato bags are harvested and given to charities such as Kate’s Kitchen and Gretna Day Centre

“Caledonia Park have changed part of their green area into a potato plot, with 150 potato seeds planted and growing to be harvested.

“Queensberry Bay Caravan Centre in Powfoot have played a massive part, with over 15 bags of potatoes growing at the moment.

“We are celebrating our first-year anniversary of the potato growing project, and we hope it will help to feed Annan.”

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