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An update from Scotland – Winter 2015

Find out what Helping Britain Blossom have been getting up to in Scotland

Helping Britain Blossom have been working hard in Scotland since planting their first orchard at the Aberfoyle Memorial Hall last winter. This is the first of many orchards that we will be planting, restoring or improving access to across central Scotland.

 

Skip forward a few months and the summer saw our valued Orchard Leaders delivering events and activities throughout the country.

HEINEKEN colleagues are at the heart of Helping Britain Blossom in Scotland, with five colleagues volunteering as Orchard Leaders in their communities.

Orchard Leader Kath Allan got to work with a small team of volunteers pruning the Riverside Park Community orchard in Glenrothes with the guidance of Andrew Lear, local orchard expert.

 

There was an end of summer party at Calders Community Garden in Edinburgh with some fantastic music, fruit activities, Re-Union Canal Boat, and cooking on the fire. Our Orchard Leader Sarah Bennett and all the great community garden volunteers helped make sure this was a brilliant party for everyone who came along.

We’re sharing skills and tips with this community garden to help them continue to care for, and engage more people with, their community orchard.

 

We’ll be helping to bring a new community orchard to Kirkton Park this winter and so went along to their annual Party in the Park event to make pancakes and plum jam, hold fruity races and work with other local organisations including Beechbrae  and Common Good Food to celebrate orchard fruit and wildlife. Orchard Leader Maria Carter managed to rope all of her family and some colleagues into managing the stall and they all engaged with lots of local families who will all play a part in planting and caring for the new community orchard.

 

Back up to date and we’re rapidly approaching the final date of our first Community orchard design course. A four part course we’re delivering to realise a new community orchard in Alexandra Park, Glasgow. Lucky participants had a trip to Graham Bell’s inspirational forest garden in the Scottish borders to celebrate Apple Day.

 

We’re now looking forward to delivering training across different parts of Central Scotland in the next few months as we gear up for the planting season.

We’re running a free training day in partnership with Forth Environment Link on 24th November, where we will be sharing all you need to know about community orchards, how you can get involved and how you can engage others. You can find out more about that day here.

 

We’ll be working with Aberfoyle Primary school to plant a small training orchard in their playground which will help the children from this school learn valuable orchard skills.

 

We hope that one day they will use these skills and become stewards of the Village’s main Community Orchard at the Memorial Hall planted last winter, ensuring these fruit trees are cared for long into the future.

You can find more photos of all of the things we’ve been up to in Scotland over on our Facebook page

 

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK