In February we had the privilege of attending and participating in the Seed and Tree Festival held in the St. Francis Centre in the Gorbals, Glasgow. This event was organised by Helping Britain Blossom and Common Good Food and was a day full of challenges, ideas and inspiration.
There were several talks and workshops throughout the day with the main challenge being deciding which one to attend. We learned about seed saving & sovereignty, community growing, celebrating the orchards though old traditions such as wassailing and many more. Ally participated in the Orchard Collective Scotland as we discussed ways to move forward with our visions.
We were visited in the morning by the First Minister who took a keen interest in community growing and the future prospect of seeing Scottish fruit in Scottish shops.
In the late afternoon we headed out to the nearby Gorbals Rose Garden & community orchard for mulled cider and many beautiful wassail songs.
As dusk settled we headed back inside for very tasty curries and a wild celebratory ceilidh.
It was a beautiful day.