News

News

  • Following a successful trial, Seafari Adventures and the Scottish Seabird Centre officially launched the Forth Ferry for the 2016 season.

  • In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Ayrshire Country Link members gathered at The Portmann Hotel, in Kilmarnock, to present founder members, Jessie Farquhar, Jim Gray and Matt Steel, with an engraved crystal glass to mark the occasion.

  • IF YOU are going to challenge yourself, you might as well think big. William Wyllie and his wife Jill, of South Mossgiel, Mauchline, have just completed five marathons in five days in aid of charity.

  • THIS Farming Life, an agricultural documentary which featured on BBC2 over the course of three weeks, proved a huge hit within the farming community, and has had some great feedback ever since it aired.

  • Caroline and Ross Millar, long term rural tourism ambassadors, have just announced that their Angus-based business, The Hideaway Experience, has announced a £0.5 million investment in two new state of the art 'penthouse' suites for couples, on the family farm, near Auchterhouse.

Features

Features

  • Written by reader Jan Hargreaves, of St Andrews

  • Written by reader, Jan Hargreaves, of St Andrews

  • Following the success of 'The Little Book Of Garden Bird Songs', the next in the series has been launched called 'The Little Book Of Woodland Bird Songs' which features twelve songs from some of Britain's best-loved feathered friends who inhabit the forests and woodlands throughout the UK.

  • If a stroll around a beautiful garden is your idea of a perfect day out, then don't leave home without this little book of information. Produced by the charity, Scotland's Gardens, it features 440 gardens in total to choose from, giving dates and times when they open their gates to the public.

  • It’s been more than 30 years since Ellen Kerr died, yet her name is still remembered in young farmers’ circles, in the form of the Ellen Kerr Awards Scheme, which offers financial assistance to members, districts and clubs of the West Region, continuing the work she started.

Recipes

Recipes

  • In the Spotlight with…Neil Forbes
    With Burns Night fast approaching we put one of Scotland’s most passionate chefs under the spotlight. This month Neil Forbes, Chef Director of Café St Honoré in Edinburgh, tells us who he would invite to his own Burns supper and he also shares with us how he believes Scotland’s food and drink industry will shape up in the future.

  • Chef patron of Perth’s 63 Tay Street, Graeme Pallister, believes there’s nothing better than a good leek and tattie soup at this time of year.

  • Hake has a mild and subtle flavour in comparison to other fish. However, this recipe from the award winning chef Neil Forbes, packs a punch and is perfect if you’re looking to experiment in the kitchen and introduce some new fish dishes to your repertoire.

  • “This is a great recipe for kids as well as grown-ups. My two children, Tom and Libby, helped with the mixing,” says Gregg, the presenter on the BBC’s Masterchef.

Yesteryear

Yesteryear

  • Taking a look back at what was happening in the agricultural world over the last 100 years.

  • By Alison Mann

    IN FEBRUARY, 1989, Prince Charles’ appeal to farmers to abandon chemical-based intensive cropping methods in favour of natural organic husbandry sparked a rush from amateur gardeners for natural plant foods, chemical-free composts and manures made from cow manure, claimed a supplier. Andrew Ratcliffe, of Tonbridge-based Stimgro, said the prince’s speech seemed to have persuaded  many previously undecided gardners to try organic methods.

  • By Alison Mann
    It was announced in 1989 the potato collection which won its way into the Guiness Book of Records was to be kept going, though on a limited scale. At its peak, Donald MacLean, Dornock Farm, Crieff, had around 400 varieties of potato, but had scaled down the collection considerably before his death in October 1988. Mrs MacLean told The Scottish Farmer that she indeded to keep around 200 of the varieties on the farm, and felt it was an appropriate memorial to her husband’s life-long interests.

  • A MORAYSHIRE farmer got a fright when he found a live hand grenade in his field in 2003. Alan Watson, who found the grenade while grading potatoes at his farm near Keith, tapped it against a wooden boc, thinking it was just a dirty spud. “When the earth fell off it, I realised my mistake,’ said Mr Watson. “I just put it down and got clear of the area. I’m glad I didn’t tap it too hard.”

Queue 'Lifestyle: Country Lifestyle Scotland'

Queue 'Lifestyle: Country Lifestyle Scotland'

  • There’s more than one set of candidates battling it out for victory in the Scottish polls in the coming weeks - five historical heroes are in the running for the title ‘Great Scot’ in a survey by the National Trust for Scotland.

  • To say that Yasmin Milburn and Trevor Crowe have experienced life changing events over the last couple of years would be something of an understatement. I meet them in a static caravan, which is currently their home, at Edinbane, just north of Portree, on Skye.

  • The Italians have it, the French have it, and the Asian continent thrives on it. That is, the instinctive love of cooking, and the understanding of what to add when to change a dish from just edible to intensely flavoured.
    Yasmin McDonagh, of Scotia Spice, has it in spade loads. And is happy to pass on the knowledge.

  • If you are going to have company for the whole of the summer, you couldn’t get better house guests than swifts, who will be arriving soon for their annual trip.

  • As the doors close on the historic March Street Mill in Peebles, a local hotel, The Park, has been collaborating with one of the Mill’s former textile designers to ‘upcycle’ many items from the Mill.

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