Plan To Grow Local Fruit Receives LAG Funding

honesty boxMore locally grown fruit could be available in the next three years after the Local Action Group awarded funds to Carn Friars farm for a new local produce project.

The grant has been made as the LAG fund can now support agricultural projects.

Angela Jenkins received £20,500 for her plans to grow soft fruits including raspberries, gooseberries and cherries.

The money will be used to transform an old glasshouse into a base for her operations, and half a field has already been covered in nets.

Angela says she undertook a survey some years ago and everyone said they wanted strawberries, so that fruit will be one of her first priorities.

She has over 50 years of farming experience in Scilly and says she’ll sell the fruit through her honesty boxes and direct to hotels.

Fruit that isn’t sold will be made into jam on the site.

As part of the plan, 50 apple trees have been planted in a square. Four different types have been chosen to maximise potential for apple juice production and these trees will supplement the handful of established Scilly Pearl varieties on site.

Angela says she’s going to “play it by ear” and one of her biggest problems will be a challenge that many island growers have to deal with, keeping the birds off her fruit.