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Loch Duart team are finalists in national awards for work in the community

By Alison Cameron

The Loch Duart team at work.
The Loch Duart team at work.

Loch Duart, the salmon farm based in Scourie and the Uists, is one of the finalists for the annual national Food and Drink Federation Awards 2019 in recognition of its work within the community.

Shortlisted in the Community Partner category, Loch Duart highlighted its new “Salmon Pool” fund. A partnership with Loch Duart’s fish feed supplier, Cargill Aqua Nutrition, who makes EWOS feed, “Salmon Pool” provides community funding that is available to local charities and projects benefiting local people.

Alban Denton, managing director of Loch Duart, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is just wonderful. Without the highly experienced, committed and loyal local communities which are central of Loch Duart’s day-to-day involvement in Sutherland and the Uists, we wouldn’t be able to nurture and rear our extraordinary salmon.

“Integral to the success of the Salmon Pool initiative is the allocation of funds. Loch Duart’s HR and community manager Rebecca MacInnes, manages this distribution in a careful and diligent manner, deeply sensitive to the culture of the local communities. We can’t wait to share our stories and community experiences at the FDF Awards.”

The FDF Awards take place Thursday, 19 September at The Royal Lancaster, London. The awards celebrate the diversity, dynamism, and dedication of those who work in the industry and ensure that food and drink is so widely enjoyed across the UK, and around the world.

To date the Salmon Pool fund has distributed in excess of £31,000 to 11 projects, which include in Sutherland:

• Scourie Primary - outdoor clothing and learning equipment.

• Durness Golf Club - new equipment.

• Scourie Community Council – enhancing the community play-park.

• Connect Assynt Ltd - to extend the community transport.

• Scourie & Badcall Grazings Committee - to complete footpath network.

• North Sutherland Sportive - Hall fees for Jujitsu group.

• Lochinver Public Hall - to enhance the exterior.

• Kinlochbervie Primary School - experience of working with horses for children with Downs Syndrome.

• Community Care Assynt - purchase of defibrillator.

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