One of Scotland’s main apple growing areas, dating back 800 years, was the Carse of Gowrie, situated between Perth and Dundee, to the north of the River Tay. The old Scottish Orchards once numbered tens of thousands of trees and, as part of the celebrations of its 200th anniversary, the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society wants to encourage the planting of new orchards. Native varieties include The James Grieve, The Coul Blush, The Bloody Ploughman, The Cambusnethan Pippin, The Lass O’Gowrie and The White Melrose.
A Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust survey found that, of 50 recorded orchards, only 17 remainand only 9 of those have any commercial potential. This year’s apple conference will be held at the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and hopefully the blooming of more apple trees will follow; good for us, our environment, our insects and and birds.
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