Come Plant a Community Orchard

lots of apples

Dear Bellman,

Stonehaven Horizon Project has been engaging with Aberdeenshire Council”s Greenspace Project Officer, Tajana Telisman Sosic, supporting Aberdeenshire’s green spaces and biodiversity project. 

With help from Neil Clapperton of Common Weald Cider, and the involvement of local groups, it is Horizon’s hope to plant a community orchard on Saturday November 30 (meeting 10am) in the council land adjacent to Cowie Bridge along from the allotment gardens and Dunnottar Quoting Club (also see map below).

Some twenty five apple trees will be planted. These are being supplied to Aberdeenshire Council landscape services by John Hancox of Scottish Heritage Fruit Trees. The trees are suitable for our climate and most have been chosen as ‘eaters’. In Scotland the acidity levels are high for many so you can treat them as dual purpose (eating, cooking, cider making!).

the stretch of grass at Mill Lade, with the bridge in the background
Fruit trees and picnic benches for all to enjoy

Neil has been instrumental in helping lay out the orchard. Space will be left for a picnic bench in the centre of the orchard. Later, it is hoped to sow wild seeds and develop the site for everyone to enjoy. 

The heritage apples have some very suitable names given the connection with Burns and the Mearns: Katy,  Allington Pippin, White Melrose, Bloody Ploughman, Ashmead’s Kernel, Rosemary Russet, Liberty, Cambusnethan Pippin, Sunset, Devonshire Quarrenden, Golden Pippin, Rosemary Russet, Discovery, Hawthornden, Ribston Pippin, Red Falstaff, Tower of Glamis, Keswick Codlin, Red Winsor, James Grieve, Scotch Dumplin, Worcester Pearmain, Could Blush, Oslin/Arbroath Pippin and Tydeman’s Early Worcester.

The planting date has been selected to coincide with the Woodland Trust’s campaign ‘The Big Climate Fightback’. The Trust hope to have a mass participation planting of over a million trees across the country.

This is a community event and we invite you to share this message amongst family, friends and other interested groups. 

Please come along and help plant a tree on Saturday November 30 (10am – 12pm) at Cowie Mill Lade near the allotments..

Best Regards

John Cruickshank

Convenor Stonehaven Horizon Project