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Nairn Allotments Orchard Group wants green-fingered nairn residents to plant and grow more fruit trees

By Donald Wilson

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Des Scholes in orchard at Sandown Allotments.Picture Gary Anthony.
Des Scholes in orchard at Sandown Allotments.Picture Gary Anthony.

Green-fingered allotment holders in Nairn are hoping to grow more fruit trees in the community.

The Fruity Nairn initiative is the brainchild of the Nairn Allotments Orchard Group based at Sandown.

Group member Des Scholes said: "In 2012 with help from the EU two plots at Sandown were given over to an orchard.

"We planted about 60 trees including a mix of Scottish heritage and more modern varieties – mostly apples.

"From there we began experimenting running grafting and pruning workshops with support from the Nurturing Nairnshire Fund.

"We are now exploring how we can grow more fruit trees and as well as individuals we would like to see local businesses get involved.

"There's lots of grassed areas at Balmakeith Industrial Estate where we can grow apples.

"We have a lot of varieties suitable for cooking, eating and cider making. But we also have some pear trees and plum trees.

"There's been a good response already and we are having an on-line meeting in January when we can discuss the plans further with businesses and individuals who might want to learn more about growing fruit trees in their gardens.

"Apple trees are good aesthetically. They provide a lot of blossom in the spring and of course fruit is good for you. And to have them growing in public spaces will give people a sustainable and importantly, free, supply of fresh fruit."

• for more information, email Des at info@gurnnurn.com

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