Clyde valley orchards

The aim of this website is to provide a resource of information on the orchards of the Clyde Valley. It is designed for local people and visitors to the areas, whether you own an orchard or garden, want to get more involved in outdoor activities, or simply want to find out more about this special feature of the Clyde Valley.

We hope to build this site from a range of resources but in particular, with input from local people, many of whom have a wealth of knowledge about the history and management of these orchards. The aim is to bring together both old and new skills and to develop a better understanding of what we have and how to make good use of it. We welcome your contributions.

The Clyde valley

Fruit trees are a common sight along the middle reaches of the Clyde Valley with the village of Hazelbank at the heart of the main orchard area.

For more information on events, travel and wildlife in South Lanarkshire see the following websites.

Old orchard in the Clyde valley

Who we are

This project is one of a number of initiatives delivered by the Rural Development Trust. It aims to restore and develop the orchards of the Clyde Valley by helping local people to access resources and advice on their management for a range of economic, social and environmental benefits. The work included:

  • Activities with schools
  • Training and advice to local people on orchard management
  • Development of the website
  • Organising events such as the Clyde Valley Fruit Day
  • Publications

Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership Project

The Orchard Project formed part of a larger initiative in the Clyde valley area.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded up to £2millon to the area to strengthen the connection between landowners, the local community and the landscape. The award comprised a £100,000 development award for the first year towards the costs of investigating and consulting on a range of projects that could make a real difference to the way the area looks and works. A further £1.9m award was then made after a successful second round submission, and was towards the costs of the following 5 years when delivery on the ground would take place.

 

Old orchard in the Clyde valley

Events

Throughout the year we attend a number of public events and also offer to give talks on fruit growing in the Clyde Valley some of which is historical and others based upon our own experience. Dependent upon the time of year we offer public Apple Juice Pressings where we welcome donations of apples for juicing. We also offer our own Apple Juice for sale at such events.