This is just the second growing season for many of the trees in the Leith Links Childrens Orchard, but as you can see from these photos this year is looking like it will be a lot more productive.
Roughly speaking the orchard is about a third apples trees, with smaller proportions of pears, cherries and plums.
As there are so many different varieties amongst the 100 or so trees in the orchard everything is ripening at different times, with the cherries ripening first. Indeed, it looks as though some lucky people have already been in to harvest cherries, as some of the trees have been stripped.
Most of the apples and plums could do with a few more weeks yet before they reach peak size and tastyness. There will also be a small number of red currants ready soon if you know where to look.
There has sadly been a little bit of vandalism of one of the trees and of the fence which runs around the edge of the orchard. However, considering the cynicism that we faced from some quarters when we first planted the orchard, it seems to have – touch wood – stood up fairly well over the last couple of years.
This said, it will be at least five more years before the trees are properly established, as they are all still a bit small and vulnerable.
If you try any of the fruit from the orchard, please do let us know.
We plan to hold an orchard work day later in the year, so watch this space for more information.
Here’s a few more photos from the orchard.
And more on the way: