Provost Jim Todd was delighted to open a special ‘Golden Orchard’ at Dalrymple Primary School and Early Education Centre recently to help celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.
The school encouraged parents to sponsor a tree and, along with staff, most of whom also sponsored one, the school managed to accumulate 81 trees of different varieties, including apple, plum, pear and damson.
The orchard is planted on school grounds in an area which was previously unused. The school hopes that this, along with other ventures undertaken by the Eco-Committee, will go a long way to helping them achieve Green Flag status.
The trees were supplied by John Train and Sons Nursery of Tarbolton, who also gave advice on planting and have offered their support in the future. John has stated that this is the largest orchard he has ever seen and that he has never witnessed such a large quantity of fruit trees being planted in a single project. Everyone who sponsored a tree has had their name engraved on a commemorative brass plaque which has been mounted on a huge granite boulder which has been in the school grounds since it first opened fifty years ago.
Provost Todd said: “This is an incredible project and I know that the children within the school are all excited about the prospect of observing and making use of the orchard throughout the seasons, from blossom to fruit.”