Congratulations to Wester Ross Pocket Orchards for their hugely impressive and inspiring project. Since receiving Pebble Trust funding in early 2019, local volunteers have planted 202 fruit trees, including apples, plums and cherries. There are now in 26 pocket orchards in 13 villages, from Ullapool to Plockton.
Covid-19 unfortunately postponed the planned practical skills training workshop but everything is in place to run this as soon as conditions allow. The rootstocks are safely planted, money is set aside, and the organisers will provide training in caring for and propagating fruit trees. The aim is to complete 200 grafted trees as a result. With the addition of donations of non-orchard, native trees such as wild cherry, crab apple and hawthorn, this committed team of volunteers, including local school children, will have planted an amazing total of 900 trees by project end in early 2021.
As well as the prospect for a good harvest from 2020 onwards to sustain the local community, the project will benefit local biodiversity in this depleted landscape.
Our congratulations to John Wood and the committed team of volunteers. You can find out more about this project on their Facebook page.