800 years of fruit growing…

… and still counting!

Help bring our historic orchards back to life, develop your orchard skills, celebrate our fruit growing heritage.

Apples, pears and plums have been grown in our area since medieval monks planted the first orchards in the 12th century. In the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries fruit from extensive local orchards was sold as far afield as London. Only a few fragments of these orchards remain, but they are important reminders of our fruit growing heritage, living testaments to pioneering orchardeers like Patrick Matthew, and havens for enigmatic local varieties.

Working with orchard keepers and volunteers we are bringing some of these historic orchards back to life; caring for old trees, whilst propagating new stock to replace them. We will also establish a new community orchard.

You can get involved by joining our Orchard Work Parties, signing up to our Orchard Skills Training courses, or coming along to our annual Fruit Festival.

The Tay Landscape Partnership Area

The Tay Landscape stretches from Newburgh on the south side of the Tay Estuary around to Perth and along the Carse to Dundee.

The project, a £2.6 million initiative is principally funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, will enable locals and visitors to reconnect with the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area.