John Gold, The Scrib Tree

The Scrib Tree is a joint venture between John Gold and Douglas & Angus Estates. The building sits at the heart of the village, providing delicious and locally sourced food, drinks and gifts to both locals and visitors. John has run The Scrib Tree since its creation and firmly embedded it in the local community. He has long been involved in the Community Council, the community centre, local church and Southern Uplands Partnership, among others.

The COVID pandemic resulted in him increasing his efforts! John has managed to keep The Scrib Tree open throughout the pandemic and operating as a community grocer, supplying fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as meat and dairy produce. He felt strongly that this was the right thing to do for the business – maintaining relationships with his own local suppliers – as well as the village and surrounding area.

The business model was changed to collection only with John then carrying out dedicated visits to the more remote rural customers. He worked with others in the community to create a wider delivery network for those customers who were vulnerable or shielding.