Published Wednesday, 9th November 2016 in Oatridge Campus news
The humble neep was the focus of an interview at the Oatridge campus for the Halloween Special of BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme.
Presenter Mark Stephen visited Oatridge and interviewed
horticulture lecturer George Gilchrist and assistant gardener Ray Collinson
about the history of the swede and the tradition of carving Halloween lanterns
from the vegetable in Scotland.
The programme had decided that it would be a pumpkin free
zone – and focused instead on the swede and how it became a staple of
Scotland’s root vegetable crops.
George said he and Ray enjoyed the experience: “It’s safe to
say that neither Ray nor I see a future in the media so it was with some
trepidation that we approached the interview. However having listened to the
Out of Doors programme for many years it was interesting to put a face to a
voice that you have known for many years.
“It’s nice to get some attention for the work we and our
students have done over the last three years that has gone into the allotment
areas at the Oatridge Campus, and in particular the World War One allotment.
“Everyone involved with the project has found that almost
all the heritage vegetables also have a fascinating history. I hope it will
encourage more people - including staff - to come and see our allotment areas
either at the college or next years Royal Highland Show.”
George added that he hoped the broadcast would be a platform
for more features on the radio show. “Mark said it has been about six years
since he was last at Oatridge. I certainly hope it’s not that long until his
next visit and we get to promote some of our work on a more regular basis on
the Out of Doors programme.”
For those that missed the broadcast slot you can listen to
it here on the BBC iplayer. The interview is at the start of the broadcast.
The programme also recorded a separate item which focused
specifically on the World War One allotment. This was broadcast the following
Saturday. You can listen to that feature here on the BBC iplayer at 15 mins 25
Photo caption: BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors presenter Mark Stephen
with George Gilchrist and Ray Collinson.
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