We are delighted to announce the finalised May Orchard Blossom programme for events around the Inner Forth area from 8 - 14 May 2017, as part of our 'Fruitful Communities' Project.
Some of these events include closed sessions with schools during the week, but the orchards are open to the public to walk around. Join us after the schools have finished and at the weekend to help celebrate the delights of orchard blossom, and the pollination and pollinators that help the orchards thrive!
We have created a set of worksheets to download and use for blossom activities in the orchard. They're suitable for the 1 - 99 age group!
|Venue||Date & Time||Description|
|High Valleyfield Orchard||Monday, 8 May, 9.30 am - 12.00 noon||
Culross Primary School, St Serfs, and Torryburn primary schools will focus on pollination - flower dissection, examining blossom, bumblebee kits, and drawing. This will be a closed session, but members of the community are encouraged to pop along from 2.30 - 2.00 pm to help celebrate the orchard blossom. We are delighted to be working with the West Fife Woodland Group.
|Helix Nuttery - Bugs, Birds & Bats, Helix Park, Falkirk||Tuesday, 9 May 10.00 am - 4.00 pm||
There will be a closed session with a local school from 10.00 - 11.20 am and then 1.00 - 2.30 pm, when we will be making bug hotels and clay bugs, learning about pollination and pollinators, and a crab apple and nut tree quiz trail.
|Muiravonside Orchard Pollination Day, Muiravonside Country Park Car Park, The Loan, Whitecross, West Lothian EH49 6LW||Wednesday, 10 May 10:00 am –4.00 pm|| Local schools will be making mini-habitats with Forth Environment Link's Richard Chatfield (Forth Upcycling Network) re-using wood for bat boxes to put up around the park from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm. There will also be various around the bat theme - a bat trail, making bat masks - and pollination and pollinators.
Members of the public are encouraged to come along and see the Muiravonside Community Orchard in bloom and celebrate the blossom from 3.00 - 4.00 pm.
Supported by Falkirk Community Trust's Ranger Service.
|Larbert High School at Kennetpans Orchard, Kennetpans, Clackmannanshire||Thursday, 11 May at 9:30 am –12:00 noon||
Privately arranged session with Larbert High School as part of their Conservation Week. They will be a survey of pollinating insects and learning about pollination and pollinators.
|Tullibody Community Orchard, Tullibody Community Garden, Newmills, FK0 2SR||Friday, 12 May, 10:00 am –2:30 pm||We will celebrate the May blossom on the fruit trees in Tullibody Community Garden Orchard with local schools from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm. There will be pollination and pollinator activities - bumblebee kits, drawing - an apple trail, and celebrating the blossom.|
|Kennetpans Orchard Family Tree Blossoming Day, Kennetpans, Clackmannanshire||Saturday,13 May at 11:00 am –3:00 pm||
To celebrate the pollination of the plum blossom, we will be visiting the beautiful plum orchard at Kennetpans, for a 'Family Tree Blossoming Day'.
Explore the orchard with a self-guided 'Orchardeering' Quiz Trail, orchard craft activities, Citizen Science guides to investigate the minibeasts, plants and lichens in the orchard, and time to enjoy the space and have a picnic!
There is limited parking, so we will operate a shuttlebus service running to the orchard from Clackmannan village for the morning (11.00 am - 12.30 pm) and afternoon (1.30 - 3.00 pm) sessions. Please select your preferred session on booking (you may choose to stay the day, if you wish!).
Further details available on booking (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kennetpans-orchard-family-tree-blossoming-day-tickets-33654935819). This event is Free. No dogs, please.
We are grateful to the Kennetpans Trust for their support for this event.
|Riverside Community Orchard Family Fun Day, Riverside Drive, Stirling||14 May at 11:30 am –3.00 pm||
A family fun day to celebrate the lovely blossom in the orchard. There'll be orchard-related games, an 'Orchardeering' Quiz Trail, making bug masks and clay bugs, quoits, tree dressing, a blossom photo competition, and cake!