Community group grows for an orchard

Local community gardening group Pathedible doing the groundwork to open an orchard in Pathhead on the site of an old playpark in Oxenfoord Drive. The digger was provided by Jon Torrens of JTD.

Local community gardening group Pathedible doing the groundwork to open an orchard in Pathhead on the site of an old playpark in Oxenfoord Drive. The digger was provided by Jon Torrens of JTD.

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A gardening group is set to transform a disused former play park in Pathhead into an orchard to benefit the local community.

Pathedible, launched in 2015, raised £500 in the village to purchase 20 trees,a mixture of apple, pear and plum, after gaining permission from Midlothian Council to use the land at Oxenfoord Drive.

The aptly named Jenny Gardner from the group explained how this orchard project came about.

She said: “We always felt it would be a good community garden area, but then we thought that would be too much to take on. So we went with an orchard.

“The council were more than happy for us to take it on. And there has been a great response to this in the village.

“The other thought is to create a horseshoe shape so we can have a community space in the middle to use for maybe music or family events.

“It’s going to really enhance the space. Over the coming years I think it will be very positive for Pathhead.

“There is room for another ten trees. But we thought it best to start with 20 and see how we get on.”

Jenny is delighted that the community are at the centre of this project.

She said: “Rather than applying for funding we decided to ask for donations from people in the village and that is what happened. We will have a fruit pressing day for the whole community. The community are paying for it and planting it so they can pick it.

“We hope to get as many people involved as possible to maintain it.

“There is not a huge amount of maintenance needed once the trees are in, just pruning and making sure they don’t get vandalised.

“The whole thing about Pathedible is locally grown food and that is what this is.”