Scottish Orchards East Coast Gathering
Developing a Central Scotland Orchard
Scottish Orchards is funded to develop our vision of a Central Scotland Orchard
which draws together schools, community groups, existing projects, local
authorities, businesses and agencies to create a more fruitful Central Scotland.
The Central Scotland Green Network covers a large area of Scotland from
Ayrshire to Fife, and Stirling to Lanarkshire.
The Scottish Orchards Gathering will hear from a number of speakers and
enthusiasts about a range of developments which are taking place – with a view
to drawing these together into a coherent but flexible plan which encourages
local innovation, but creates a supportive network for people trying to get
practical things done.
The Gathering will look at developing the vision of a Central Scotland Orchard.
What will this look like? Some ideas may be as follows.
• Orchards and fruit growing in towns and cities across central Scotland
• Building skills and knowledge, and a supportive network.
• School orchards and fruit growing involving children from across the
• Blossom Events, and Harvest Events to add to the fun and value of these
• A supply of locally grown fruit for the future.
• Creating a market for locally grown fruit
• Encouraging health and well-being.
• Developers, hospitals, councils and others seeing the potential of fruit
growing in enhancing urban spaces.
• Looking after our apple varieties and orchard legacy.
Scottish Orchards is grateful for funding from the CSGN development fund,
administered by Forestry Commission Scotland to allow this work to proceed.
Friday 14th Jan 2011 - 12 noon start (Please bring information, of fruit produce
for our information tables)
John Hancox Chair of Scottish Orchards - Welcome and introduction
Robin Harper MSP and Sarah Boyack MSP – Welcoming the development of a
Central Scotland Orchard,
Neil Langhorn. Forestry Commission Scotland – the context of orchards within
the CSGN plan.
Jared Stewart – Scottish Government, Food and Drink Policy Manager. Helping
Scotland grow its own food at a local level.
1.30 Brain storming – catching ideas about how to develop a Central Scotland
Orchard - break out tables with facilitators / recorders.
Tom Sillar and Sadie Dixon-Spain of the Walking Theatre Company – Using
produce from a Fruitful Scotland in a creative way.
Andrea Partridge - Carse Historic Orchard group
Bill Gray – Community Food and Health Scotland – Grow your own and
improving access and health attitudes to food.
Iain Hunter – Elmwood College
John Hancox – Talking about Fruitful Schools and Skills training.
Cllr Alison Johnstone, Of Edinburgh Council – council involvement
Ian Whitehead, Lothians and Fife Green Network Partnership
Ian Edwards, Head of Exhibitions Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh,
Woodlanders - cultural and social values of woods and orchards.
Our approach is to be quite participatory – and we will encourage others to
contribute their ideas or to give short talks
3.40 – 4pm – Next steps – invitation to join Scottish Orchards
Saturday 15th Jan 2011
An Abundant Scotland
We thought that it is important to hold a “community” day for volunteers and
enthusiasts with day jobs to attend. The Saturday should be a good opportunity
to network, and discuss the development of a Central Scotland Orchard, and the
wider development of Scottish Orchards as a Scotland wide network . We would
like part of the day to look at “Fruitful Skills.’ John Butterworth – our patron of
Scottish Orchards will come along, and there should be plenty of opportunities for
networking and sharing ideas.
12noon… Welcome from John Hancox, Chair of Scottish Orchards
Networking discussion – in which people can introduce each other – and what
they are doing.
Jonathon Memel - Edinburgh – Abundance Edinburgh
Allen Armstrong – Clear Buckhaven.
Rowena Statt, – Historic and Ancient Urban Orchards
Chris Waddell –National Museum of Scotland, talking about the cultural value of
Paul Gibson – Bee keeping and pollination of Orchards
1pm – 1.30 lunch – chance to talk and network – and to have a market place
Fruitful Skills – pruning, grafting and other fruitful questions. Skills issues?
2.30 –juice / cider making – sampling. Chris Harrison – Waulkmill Cider
3.00 3.30 discussion about development of Scottish Orchards, as a voice for
everyone interested in making Scotland more fruitful. Also looking at Central
Scotland Orchard – capturing ideas of what this could be, and how best to
develop this, as a flagship project of the Central Scotland Green Network.
3.30 – 4pm – Next steps – invitation to join Scottish Orchards
Booking sheet – if you would like to attend, please get your details back as soon
as possible for catering and to help us put together a delegate list
Please can you return to Hilary Fraser - email@example.com
Scottish Orchards East Coast Gathering 14th/15th January 2011
[ ] Friday 14th Jan 2011
[ ] Saturday 15th Jan 2011
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relevant work (data projector available). Please agree this first with John Hancox
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[ ] I would like space to exhibit information at the Gathering. Please give details:
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