Congratulations to the National Trust for Scotland Priorwood for registering the first blossom event to be registered for Scotland on the UK map! More…
For anyone interested in participating in Orchard Blossom Day (and Orchard Blossom Season activities), and if you missed the first one, there’s a second chance to attend a free webinar on Wednesday, 21 February 2023 at 18:00 by PTES and Orchard Network. More…
UK Orchard Blossom Time in Scotland
We are excited to bring you news of the UK Orchard Blossom Day, around the last week in April, or whenever your blossom looks at its best!
This will be the third year of the celebration, but this year will be the first time it will have been actively promoted in Scotland.
We’re joining with the organisers (People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the UK Orchard Network) to bring you news, ideas, and inspiration to get you involved, whether you have trees in your gardens, are a community orchard group, local food group, or commercial producer.
Get involved in the new annual celebration of fruit trees, flowers and food!
Celebrate orchards as magical places for people and nature, but also a source of healthy local food.
More on our Blossom Day 2024 page.
Our friends at Fruit ID are running their DNA scheme again this year:
Identification of apple, pear and cherry varieties using DNA
Following the success of the 2016-20 DNA Schemes with over 5,100 samples analysed, our DNA Scheme is again being offered for 2021. East Malling Research have confirmed a price to us of £27.60 plus VAT for Apple, Pear and Cherry samples.
If you would like to participate, please take a look at the Announcement and Timetable on https://www.fruitid.com/#help where there is a Request Form to get sample bags. There is sample handling guidance, the Scheme results from previous years, and an Introduction to DNA Fingerprinting.
Please feel free also to circulate this to anyone you think might be interested and let me know if you have any questions.
We’re supporting the Scottish Scything Festival at Blackhaugh Community Farm near Auchterarder, Perthshire. This is the inaugural Scottish event (as far as we are aware).
Why? Scythes are a great way to manage the orchard floor. They are much less damaging to invertebrate life than a rotary mower. And faster (and quieter) than a strimmer. Plus they keep you fit and healthy!
BBC piece on the Orchard Inventory here in bitsize chunks
Clips from Good Morning Scotland on 7th October 2018
Crispin (Inventory Coordinator) on some of the historical background to orchards in Scotland, how the Orchard Inventory was carried out, and hopes of an orchard revival.
Sue Pomeroy (Local Facilitator for the Inventory in the West Highlands) on remote orchards surveyed and crofting interest in fruit trees
Kate Holl (SNH Project Officer for Inventory) on biodiversity and benefits of orchards
Ron Gillies ( Cairn o’Mhor Winery) on making King Jimmy cider
Kate on different fruit and nuts grown in orchards
Ron with a guileful plug for his cider – how far apart to plant your trees
All clips copyright BBC 2018
Great response from Orchard Inventory feature on BBC website
People have been contacting us from people across Scotland to the feature on the Beeb website
Some wanted to ensure their orchard has been included, and others to volunteer for survey work. A few have been seeking advice about varieties and planning new orchards. We’re working through those now so we get back to everyone.
We worked with a BBC journalist to develop the piece, and to try and include as much of interest as possible from what the Inventory found . Of course the full story is contained in the Area Reports which are available to download. However the piece gives a good overview and its gets to a very wide audience. That has to be good for raising awareness about orchards in Scotland.
Crispin took artist Jyll Bradley on an orchard tour of Fife and the Carse of Gowrie orchards recently. We took in various walled gardens, mature domestic orchards as well as the field scale former commercial orchards of the Carse. Jyll is researching for an installation at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2019. We included a couple of other sites by the River Tay that are linked its role for transport and the monastic influence so vital to the development of orchards.
Pictured are Jyll with Head Gardener Graham at the 1780 peach house of a private walled garden. Peaches and nectarines are still being grown today !