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By Fiona Reid
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Rare wool firm wins sustainability prize

‘THREADS grown from the grass up’ is how Rebecca McLellan describes her Chockflock rare wool enterprise.

She creates hand-crafted pieces using the fleece of her own Castlemilk Moorit sheep, which is spun and woven. It’s turned into yarn, as well as wraps, shawls tapestry and knitting kits.

And it picked up a prestigious award at the Highland Show last week.

Chocflock was named Sustainable Produce Retail Outlet of the Year in the RBST Scotland Food & Farming Sustainability Awards.

Judges praised the Chocflock team’s passion for the rare native Castlemilk Moorit sheep, from animal to clothing and every stage in between, as well as being an excellent online retail operation.

Rebecca said: “We are very proud to win this award, which is a real testament to the effort and skills of many people, from shearer to weaver to tailor.

“The digital revolution has opened up all kinds of opportunities for retailing the unique, high quality produce of our local native sheep breed and we have customers all over the world who really appreciate the creative passion for our Castlemilk Moorits that goes into what they buy from us.”

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon presented the awards and said: “I’d like to congratulate all of today’s winners and nominees for the important work that they continue to do to protect the most historic breeds in Scottish agriculture.”

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