Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), Clyde & Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), Clyde Valley Orchard Group, Larkhall Community Growers and the Castlebank Centre in Lanark are working together on a project celebrating the areas traditional orchards.
The “Plant a mini orchard” campaign aims to work with 30 primary schools in the Clyde and Avon Valley areas to help them create and look after an orchard in their schools grounds. The official definition of an orchard is 5 fruit trees, so each school will be provided with 5 apples trees, along with all the resources needed to plan, plant and look after the orchard. Included in the pack is advice on all aspects of orchard management and maintenance, as well as a Teachers Resource Pack which shows how orchards can be used in the classroom for all areas of the curriculum. To date, 25 schools have received their packs and support from one of the partners involved
There will also be a series of training workshops and celebratory events throughout 2015 & 2016, including the restoration of a number of old orchards. One of these is Kirkfieldbank, near Lanark and an open day at Kirkfieldbank orchard, with a range of walks, talks and activities on orchards available for all the family. For more information visit CAVLP's website.
Funding for the campaign has been received from Scottish Natural Heritage, The Heritage Lottery Fund through the Clyde & Avon Valley Landscape Initiative, and CSGNT.