Valley Renewables Group officially took possession of 21 hectares (52 acres) of woodland near Carron Bridge village, in November 2018. The plan is to develop this site as an amenity woodland for the benefit of local residents and visitors.
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.
Click here for the latest newsletter about the Community Woodland Project.
The Community Woodland also now has a Facebook Group. Be sure to join, to keep up to date with what’s happening.
- Clearing an area of young Sitka spruce, and re-planting with native broadleaf species
- Clearing areas of windblown trees (the wood from these will be made available to local residents for firewood)
- Digging wildlife ponds
- Creating new footpaths
These projects are part of a three year plan, supported by Watston Forestry, our Stirling based Forestry Consultants.
We are currently looking for volunteers to join VRG’s “Woodland Sub-Group” – the group tasked with developing the site and delivering the project. So, whether your interest is in footpaths, recreation, ecology, education, wood fuel, or something else, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch via the Community Woodland Facebook Group, or by using the contact form.
Further information on the project in general can be found at the links below:
Feasibility Study Reports: