Douglas digs for victory at Royal Highland Show

An Angus young farmer has taken one of the top prizes at this year’s Royal Highland Show and demonstrated that the future of Scotland’s soil is in safe hands.

Douglas Greig, from Tealing, won the Best Soil in Show and received his trophy from Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

It is the second time the James Hutton Institute has run the Best Soil in Show and this year they enlisted young farmers, to help roll out the competition right across the country.

Samples from farms the length and breadth of Scotland were judged on their physical and chemical properties to identify the winner.

Douglas, 16, a former Forfar Academy pupil, was congratulated by Mr Wheelhousem who pointed out that good quality soils underpin the environment and economy.

He said: “They are a key determinant of the success of our food and drink sector.”