Sites for new orchards in Cairngorms National Park chosen

Apple tree Apples will be among the fruit to be grown in the park's new orchards

Related Stories

Eighteen orchards are to be created in the Cairngorms National Park.

The park authority had sought 10 sites to help mark its 10th anniversary, but added eight more because of the high number of responses to its call.

The sites selected are in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Perthshire.

The orchards will contain eight trees, which will be a mixture of apple, plum and pear. European funding will help to cover the cost of the project.

Sixteen trees are to be planted at Drumin Castle in Glenlivet after the Crown Estate offered to match the scheme's funding for that site.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Soil Association and Cairngorms Food for Life programme are involved in the orchards project.

Glynis Ross, Cairngorms Food for Life development officer, said the organisations had been delighted by the amount of interest in the project.

She said: "We want communities to utilise their green spaces and become more sustainable by growing their own food.

"The inclusion of another eight orchards means that even more people will be able to get involved with growing their own."

The orchard sites are Abernethy Primary School, Anagach Woods Trust, Ardgeal Community, Aviemore Primary School, Ballater Community, Blair Atholl Community and Braemar St Andrew's Church.

Also Crathie Primary School, Cromdale Community, Dalwhinnie Community, Deshar Primary School, Glenlivet Community/Drumin Castle, Grantown-on-Spey Primary School and Kingussie Community.

And Laggan Community, Newtonmore Primary School, Strathdon Primary School and Tomintoul Community/Smugglers Hostel.

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Highlands & Islands

Weather

Inverness

24 °C 15 °C

Features

  • NS Savannah, 1962Nuclear dream

    The ship that totally failed to change the world


  • Irvine WelshScots missed

    Five famous Scots who can't vote in the Scottish referendum


  • Espresso cup7 days quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Glasgow 2014 quaichs and medalsQuaich guide

    What do the Scottish gifts given to Games medallists symbolise?


  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it for three planes to crash in eight days?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.