The Story of Townhead Community Orchard

2012-13

Townhead Village Hall is Built

After years of campaigning, Townhead finally gets its Village Hall. Situated in the heart of the community, the building has a large area of unused land surrounding it. Emily, Eco Drama’s founder and then resident of Townhead, approaches the Hall to propose planting an orchard. It is met with enthusiasm by other community members and staff, and plans are subsequently formed. Eco Drama achieves funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund amongst others to support the project.

2012-13

2013

Townhead Community Orchard is Planted!

Over two days, on the 29th and 30th of November 2013, an orchard of 30 Scottish heritage fruit trees were planted in an underused space at the back of the recently built Townhead Village Hall in Glasgow City Centre. With expert guidance from the ‘Appletreeman’ Andrew Lear, over 70 volunteers of all ages helped to dig holes, plant trees and protect them with the necessary stakes and guards. Many of these volunteers also undertook training in fruit tree after-care and pruning.

The orchard was unveiled to the sounds of Scottish pipes and the Townhead community were then invited to enjoy entertainment that included a display of over 80 apple varieties, live folk music, face-painting, apple pressing and a performance of Eco Drama’s production ‘The Forgotten Orchard’. Hungry stomachs were filled with locally sourced apples, home-made cakes, and Parsnip and Apple soup. A great day was had by all.

Read some feedback from the Townhead Community Orchard Planting Days: Townhead Community Orchard Evaluation Report

Here’s a video to give you a taste of the atmosphere at the hall, with thanks to Billi Ramsay and all who contributed to making this a truly special event:

View some more photos of the event on our Facebook page

2013

2014

The Orchard in its First Year

The young trees start to shoot up, and the first small apples appear on the trees. There is a harvest of Keswick Codling eaters, impressive after just one year!

2014

2016

The Orchard 3 Years On

Volunteers helped out. Katy apples were harvested – very sweet and juicy, with a hint of strawberry!

2016

2020

Orchard Apple Harvest

“A few promised photos of the TVH apple and pear orchard. As you can see, the fruit is beginning to ripen. Local children like to pick these, and they then get taken into the kitchen and made into apple and pear crumbles, with you all invited as our guests to enjoy the harvest. Isn’t this fun?”

“Folks, these are the apples we picked from our orchard. We had already given almost two boxes away before taking this picture. Local people have stewed them, and enjoyed them with our free waffles – they get a big thumbs-up. The plums and pears will be picked shortly.”

2020

2022

Orchard in bloom!

2022

2024-25

Orchard Engagement Activities & Apple Day Event

Supported by the Glasgow Communities & Place Fund Project, Eco Drama will re-connect with the community in Townhead to encourage people of all ages to celebrate their orchard.

2024-25