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Community larder in Fortrose set to open thanks to Black Isle Cares initiative

By Hector MacKenzie

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The new community larder set to be stocked.
The new community larder set to be stocked.

A Black Isle community is becoming the latest in Ross-shire to offer a larder freely available to anyone who needs it.

Black Isle Cares is behind the community larder set to open in Fortrose tomorrow.

It is sited at the bottom of the Black Isle Leisure Centre car park and will be fully stocked ready for use from Monday.

The charitable group said: "We are delighted to announce the beginning of our latest project, a community larder for use by all. We hope a community larder can reduce food waste, provide food and essentials to anyone in need and encourage community sharing - all with the help of willing volunteers."

It will be stocked with an array of non-perishable food, home-grown fruit and vegetables and some household essentials.

The group said:"Please take what you need. Leave what you don’t need. Donations of food are welcome and should be placed in the larder. (No chilled or frozen as we do not have refrigeration.Please use hand sanitiser provided."

There are a few books, DVDs and puzzles for sharing too. Anyone wishing to donate these items is asked to leave them in the plastic container.

A number of pupils from Fortrose Academy have offered to help stock and maintain the larder and BIC says that "other volunteers are most welcome!"

Funding for the project has come from the Black Isle Partnership. The larder was built by Greg Dickie and put into place by Graham MacIver.

The idea has been warmly welcomed. "Brilliant idea. Thank you for giving people the opportunity to give", wrote Morven Hulks. "Brilliant. Well done all involved in making this a reality," said Jon Palmer. "Wonderful and so good to help our fellow people", wrote Joan Mackenzie.

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