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Inverness urged by Scotmid to play its part in growing country-wide orchards

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PEOPLE across Inverness are being urged to branch out as a grocery group launches funding for community orchards.

Scotmid is encouraging locals to apply for funding to plant five or more fruit trees or bushes in a community space near each store.

Scotmid will award £200 to successful applicants to fund the purchase of plants. The co-operative wants this initiative to take place near each of its stores across Scotland, forming almost 200 community orchards.

Scotmid Community Orchard funding will allow fruit trees and bushes to be planted across the communities Scotmid serves.

The sites will then form part of a Scotland-wide orchard of thousands of trees and bushes.

The initiative will encourage people to work together, get active and improve local environments.

Groups can apply by visiting www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/communityorchard/

Applications close on January 20, 2023.

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