We’ve had a good few days over the past 2 years planting apple trees with lots of students from Blackridge Primary School and we were thrilled to have the P5 & P6 classes up to Beechbrae Orchard to plant more apple trees to fill the newly extended orchard space!The students arrived to the frosty orchard and we were all so thankful that the sun was out and the winds were calm! The P5 class listened intently as Kevin explained how to plant a fruit tree. Once they got the idea they set out to plant some trees!We came across a lot of worms while digging the hole which was a pretty exciting event for many of the students. It is always great to see worms as they show evidence of good healthy aerated soil. Our dwindling veg patch was also of interest as several students crowded around a brussel plant trying to figure out what it was. What excitement was had when we said they were brussel sprouts and they could see the wee brussels on the stem!It was a joy to see such enthusiasm and excitement with the apple trees and the other plants in the orchard as well.The P6 class soon arrived and once Kevin gave them the run down for planting they quickly got stuck in and did a fantastic job!It was a brilliant day full of excitement and learning. We’d like to thank Blackridge Primary for their continued involvement in Beechbrae Orchard and especially the P5 & P6 classes who did and excellent job planting apple trees. We’re also thankful for the support from the Forth Environment Link and the funding from the CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme and to the Appletree Man & Plants with Purpose for supplying top quality fruit trees & plants.
The Forth Valley Orchard Initiative is funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund. The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2014/2015, which is part of the initiative, covers the whole of the CSGN area.