Braeahead Gardeners create one of the largest community orchards in Stirling

 

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Community Volunteers creating the orchard.

Braehead Community Council have finished planting one of the largest community orchards in Stirling this week.   Volunteers planted thirty five apple, plum and pear trees at the Braehead Community Garden over the weekend.

Along with planting the trees, volunteers were given a masterclass in orchard management from Forth Environment Link’s “Fruitful Communities” project and Perthshire orchard expert Andrew Lear, the “appletreeman”.

Braehead Community Council Chairperson Chris Kane says,

Chris Kane and son Matthew in the new Braehead Community Orchard
Chris Kane and son Matthew in the new Braehead Community Orchard

“What a wonderful way to create a resource for Braehead that will last for years and one we can all enjoy watching grow and develop. Here at Braehead Community Garden, we’re on a mission to reintroduce and share skills among different generations to allow all of us to grow fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables.  It’s good for us, good for our families and great for the environment.  In just three years we’ve taken a simple idea for micro allotments and have seen it develop into a remarkable community resource. But we’re not resting on our laurels and in 2017, along with the orchard we’re creating an educational wetland, an outdoor cooking and picnic area and expanding our honeybee apiary.  It really is remarkable what you can achieve in a community when you work together on projects such as this”

Funding for the Community Orchard came from the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust and Network Rail’s “Caring Neighbour Community Planting Scheme”.

If you’d like to join and learn at Braehead Community Garden, there are raised beds available to hire for 2017.  Contact , or click on the “Community Garden” tab at the top of the website for more information.

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