Great wee prog coming up for everyone living in our neck of the woods or interested in the history, wildlife & people around Newburgh in Fife. Open Country is on Radio 4 this Thursday 7th at 3pm and repeated for early risers on Saturday 9th at 6am.
The prog info reads thus ; The Tironesian monks of Lindores Abbey were forcibly removed by Protestant firebrand John Knox in 1559 but they've left an extraordinary legacy for Tayside. The orchards they planted with native French varieties of pear, plum and apple were subdivided as the nearby town of Newburgh took shape. Every autumn the locals set out their stalls and sell purple pyramids of unusual plums and cartloads of the apples that can ripen on the trees beyond Christmas.
The monks are also credited with the creation of the first Scotch Whisky. There's certainly documentary evidence of them supplying potent quantities of aquavitae to the Scottish Court in 1494.
Caz Graham follows the tracks of the Tayside monks and meets the local man aiming to create the first Lindores whisky for 500 years and
Further up the River Tay Caz explores Britain's biggest reed bed in search of the desperately shy Bearded Tit and meets the last of the salmon net fisherwomen, our neighbour Nan Jarvis. Now 80, Nan and her husband caught salmon by net at the point where the Rivers Earn and Tay meet. She is a fabulous talker -- Ill be listening.