Stirling Charity Reaps Funding Reward for Forth Valley’s Orchards
Stirling-based environmental charity, Forth Environment Link, has been awarded funding to continue the development of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative.
The award of over £84,000 has been made by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund for a programme of orchard developments until March 2012.
FEL Development Manager, Jane Cullingworth said, “We are absolutely delighted that to have been awarded CSGN funding. Over the next nine months we will be running a full programme of events that will involve communities, landowners and the wider public. We will be providing orchard training workshops, hosting an Orchard Management Certificate in partnership with Elmwood College, undertaking a feasibility study on the economic potential of orchards, and hosting another CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme (across the whole CSGN area)”.
Mike Strachan, Policy and Development officer with Forestry Commission Scotland, said, “Orchards were in their prime 100 years ago but went into serious decline with changing agricultural practices and new housing. There is however a resurgence of interest in orchards and we are therefore pleased to be involved with Forth Environment Link to support the creation and management of these trees”.