Recently, we took a wee trip to look at the Children’s Orchard and see how it’s doing.
The Orchard is now in its third summer, and despite a cold spring, some hard pruning and the disruption caused by the construction of the cycle ramp through the middle of it – it looks as though there will be still be more fruit available for free to passers-by this year than there was last year.
Most of the apples and pears need a few more weeks before they are ready. But here are some photos of what is ripening on the branches right now.
Loads of apples of various types:
There are some cherries coming too (they’re still not ready for eating yet):
There are blackberries:
And right now, if you look carefully you can find blackcurrants and gooseberries that are ready to eat:
The Children’s Orchard may be fenced off, but this is mainly to try to keep dogs out. It is open for public access at all times, and everyone is welcome to the fruit that grows there. If people don’t eat it, the birds probably will, so do keep checking back over the next few weeks to see what is ripe and ready.
The Orchard, along with Leith Links Allotments, will feature in this years’ Edinburgh Doors Open Day weekend of the 29th September. Whilst welcoming visitors to the Orchard we also plan to organise a volunteer work day event on the 29th from 12noon onwards. If you would like to come down, help out, try some of the rare variety apples (assuming there are some left!) then please do mark the day in your diary. We’d love to see you there (and we need some bodies to shift some dumped TVs from one corner of the site!)