This week, Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to be taking part in the planting of a Community Orchard at its Springburn campus. The aim of the Orchard is to create a legacy whereby fruit grown can help to promote the importance of healthy eating, build a sharing community and support nature.
The original design and plan came about from collaboration between the College’s Support for Learning lecturer, Ian McIlroy, and The Orchard Project’s Glasgow Project Manager, Fergus Walker.
Key to this were the important ideas and contributions from two groups of students within the Support for Learning department (Volunteer Award Level 3/4; and Skills for Learning, Life and Work Level 2).
The planning process provided students with numerous learning opportunities, including working as part of a team, gaining knowledge about fruit tree species and their vital role in creating habitats for increasing biodiversity, and, very importantly, developing the design of the Orchard.
The Orchard is yet another strong example of the College’s commitment to its sustainability agenda, while also contributing to healthy eating in the local community.
The planting day was a great success, with at least 20 fruit trees and bushes, including Apple, Plum, Pear, Raspberry and Saskatoon(!) planted by over 30 students and members of College staff. Fergus told the group that it would probably be about 10 years before the fruit trees reached full maturity, although the fruits of labour would arrive a little bit sooner!
College students, staff and the Orchard Project are pictured with their first tree – a Clydeside Apple.