As we approach 2015, we’re starting to look towards the Scottish Government’s Year of Food and Drink theme and how this holds relevance to the CSGN. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership has reported that orchard owners throughout the Clyde Valley have already been busy planting 300 orchard trees in 2014 - a number they plan to double before next spring.

The mix of mostly heritage apple and plum varieties were purchased through the Clyde Valley Orchard Development Grant Scheme which was created in partnership with the Rural Development Trust, Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund and the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.

The planting is just part of a wider scheme which focusses on exploring, growing and celebrating the Clyde Valley Orchards. The Clyde Valley Orchard Group now sell their very own branded Clyde Valley Apple Juice which you can find in Overton Farm Shop thanks to business support and assistance in buying juicing equipment. They have also received practical skills and management training alongside funding for personal protection equipment.

The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) is also planning a new orchards campaign as part of its yearly series which has previously focused on ladybirds, butterflies, tree sparrows, bats, bees and bluebells. If you haven’t already, sign up to the CSGN newsletter at the top of the page to keep up to date with all our partners’ activities.