This May sees the end of Fruitful Communities, and a series of events across the Inner Forth will ensure the work of the project continues to bloom.
Led by the Forth Valley Orchard Initiative, Fruitful Communities has been working with local people to help them get the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to maintain the orchard resource of the Inner Forth in the long-term.
On Saturday 13 May Kennentpans Distillery will host the Family Tree Blossoming Day (follow the link to book) in the plum orchard there, and will include craft activities, Citizen Science guides, an Orchardeering Quiz Trail, and time to explore the space and enjoy the views of the Forth that it offers.
This is followed on the Sunday by a family fun day at Riverside Community Orchard, which will also have the Quiz Trail, as well as a photo competition and various craft activities. There is no need to book for this event, which takes place 11:30am - 3:00pm.
The weekend caps off a full week of events around the Inner Forth, where FVOI will have worked with school children on a whole host of fun activities designed to connect them with their local orchards. You can find out about the full range of events here.
Fruitful Communities is an IFLI project intended to expand on the work as part of the Fruitful Landscape project.
The Forth Valley Orchard Initiative is part of the Forth Environment Link.
The first weekend in May will see a range of community events taking place at Zetland Park in Grangemouth, centred around the digital reconstruction of the historic town clock tower.
The clock tower was disassembled after the Old Town Chambers was destroyed in a fire and has since been kept in storage. To enchance its chances of being rebuilt, IFLI will be working with AOC Archaeology, Falkirk Council and a number of community groups (including EARL, Friends of Zetland Park and Grangemouth Heritage Trust). We'll be bringing the pieces of the clock to Zetland Park over the weekend of 6 and 7 may to allow them to digitally scanned, photographed and archived. This will then go to creating a 3D model of how the tower should be reconstructed. This will form an important part of a future bid to secure funding for the wider regeneration of the Park itself, and will give volunteers a chance to be part of an exciting and unique project, as well as gaining a variety of hands-on experiences in photography, restoration and digital cataloguing.
All the spaces for volunteers on the day are now fully booked, but everyone is very welcome to come down to the park and find out more about the restoration.
And that's not all - between 11:00am and 3:00pm on Sunday 7th May the Friends of Zetland Park will be hosting a community networking event. Come along to find out more about what's going on in your local area; there will be lots of fun activities at the stalls as well as face-painting and wildlife ID walks.