This week, Cumbernauld Environmental Society, following their recent success in the Beautiful Scotland competition, picked up another award for their work in the community, this time in the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. Cumbernauld Environmental Society is just one of the local community groups to have entered, and this year they picked up a “Thriving” award, the second highest available, for their efforts in establishing a community orchard in Greenfaulds. Working in conjunction with the land owners, North Lanarkshire Council, and a number of local volunteer groups and individuals, Cumbernauld Environmental Society hopes to re-establish a community orchard adjacent to Greenfaulds Bowling Club, where there once stood an extensive orchard.
The group scored 76 out of 100 in the It’s Your Neighbourhood assessment, narrowly missing out on an “Outstanding” award, scoring highest for Community Participation. While the project is still in its infancy, the assessor acknowledged the work that had gone in so far and recognised the extensive plans in place to bring the project to completion, commenting “The bulk of the first year work for the Orchard has concentrated on site clearance and accessibility. Even here though there is strong physical evidence of how the Orchard will develop in the years ahead. The group has improved the environmental quality and aesthetics of the site by retaining those parts of the Orchard that can reasonably be saved. As a result a number of traditional apple trees and plum trees are retained, as are a number of soft fruit areas. The foundations that have been laid this year will lead to a healthy outcome in the years ahead”.
Spokesman for Cumbernauld Environmental Society, Adam Smith, said “This is a welcomed acknowledgment of our ambitious, but achievable, plans to bring a community orchard to Cumbernauld. Work on the site is progressing, slowly but surely, and we look forward to developing the area further. Hopefully in years to come, local people will be able to pick their own fruit in the Orchard, making fruit more accessible to those living on a tight budget and promoting all-round healthier lifestyles. Our next public meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October in Cumbernauld College at 7:15pm. All are welcome”.
The full plans for the development of Greenfaulds Orchard can be found here: Greenfaulds Orchard Landscape Plan