Pomona Fruit Tree Project
A small number of further orders for fruit trees and bushes have been coming in and on 24th April, ten apple trees, a damson, six raspberry bushes and three dozen strawberry plants were collected from Andrew Lear and distributed, observing Covid-19 precautions, to five residents.
A fruit crusher and press have been reserved at the Transitions Tool Library for the weekend of 16-17 October for the autumn Apple Day and we hope to have plenty of fruit to crush and juice.
Other fruit related activities are planned.
Christine Logan and Susan McPhee
Apple Tree Day
On Sunday March the 8th, Pomona, the Carron Valley wide community orchard project, held their first event at Wester Craigend.
After brief introductions the 27 attendees, listened to a talk by the “Apple Tree Man”, Andrew Lear about choosing, planting and caring for fruit trees, answering queries. It was an impromptu Carron Valley “Gardeners’ Questions Time”
After lunch, prepared by Christine Logan and Susan McPhee, we moved outside into the garden where Andrew demonstrated methods of training and pruning for step-over, espalier and orchard trees. Fortunately, the weather was very kind and we dodged the showers with the feeling of spring in the air.
Andrew was able to supply a variety of fruit trees and bushes, and we will take orders for more, as the budget allows.
The day was a roaring success, meeting the three aims of the project of increasing fruit trees and bushes in the area, building links in our scattered community and, eventually, increasing access to delicious and nutritious food. Thank you to all who took part and contributed in various ways.
The next Pomona event will be an Apple Day, held in the autumn at the community woodland hub, where we hope to talk about harvesting, storing and preserving fruit and share the crops grown in the valley.
We will also have a table at the forthcoming Valley Renewables Group open day on the 29th of August. Please stop by and say hello.