Carse of Gowrie Orchards group starts #ORInventory surveys this autumn

A photo of Gavin under a pear tree

Gavin about to don his bee-keeping suit under an ancient pear tree at Megginch

Crispin was over to Megginch Castle near Errol recently to meet with the Local Facilitation team of Gavin Ramsay and owner Catherine Drummond-Herdman of Carse of Gowrie Orchards (previously known as Carse of Gowrie Group‘s Historic Orchard Forum).  We spent some time reviewing the process and organisation aspects of carrying out the Orchard Inventory in the area. That area stretches right around the Tay from Invergowrie to Perth and then back down to Abernethy and the borders of Newburgh in Fife. The extent of the area was indicated by the Tay Landscape Partnership who we’ve been collaborating with and who are co-funding the local fieldwork.

After our meeting in the castle kitchen, Crispin and Gavin had a walk around the orchard. Gavin to look over some of his hives, and Crispin to see the progress on Catherine’s great restoration project – replanting hundreds of fruit trees.  It really looked fantastic, and the plums tasted good!

Similarly to the Clyde Valley, Carse of Gowrie is one of the historically important areas for traditional orchards in Scotland and it would be wonderful to see it come back to life in due course. You can read more about history of their orchards in Crispin’s paper ‘Ancient Orchards beside the River Tay’ (PDF 900kb).

Historic Orchard Forum will be starting their surveys very soon so if you would like to volunteer, contact Gavin via email at gavinramsay@btinternet.com or register your interest using our online form here.

Orchard Animateur in position to help you get involved in Orchard Inventory

Image of Kaska smiling in front of her computerof

We are delighted to announce that Kaska Hempel has joined the Orchard Inventory project as an Orchard Animateur and Support Worker to help encourage and support our local collaborating groups. She is the first point of contact for any new local organisations or local facilitators who would like to get involved in the project this year. Look out for her regular project updates on our blog, Twitter (@Orchard Revival) and Facebook. We would love to help your organisation thrive so please let Kaska know if you have any orchard-related news or events you would like us to share.

We have some wonderful help from our collaborators over the past year and managed to survey over 300 orchards identified through our desktop study (PDF, 3MB) and add many more new orchards to the Inventory. But we still have a lot of white space on our map and still need some more help from local organisations, facilitators and volunteers to fill them in.

Would you or your organisation like to get involved in mapping of existing orchards in your area? We are particularly keen to recruit some new Local Facilitators in:

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Aberdeenshire (north including the City)
  • Edinburgh
  • Mid Lothian
  • East Lothian
  • Highland
  • Inverclyde
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • Argyll & Bute
  • Highland
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Orkney
  • Shetland
  • Moray
  • Perthshire north of Dunkeld
  • Kinross-shire
  • Fife, west including Dunfermline

Get in touch by filling out an online form (see instructions here) or if you have any questions, email Kaska directly at animateur@scotlandthefruit.org and we can arrange for a chat.