Rare apple tree discovered in Bo’ness

Ancient Tom Putt Apples were found in Bo'ness
Ancient Tom Putt Apples were found in Bo'ness

A recent discovery of an ancient apple tree in Bo’ness has turned fruitful and has branched into a search for more rare trees.

Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and Forth Environment Link are all working to revive orchards in the Forth area and are hoping to unearth some other trees to reveal more information on the varieties of fruit once grown in the area.

A community meeting is being held and it is hoped it will be fruitful in providing more information, after the success of finding a Tom Putt tree in the town.

On Wednesday, November 25, from 7pm in the upstairs room of Bo’ness library, people are invited to bring any information about their old fruit trees and will be encouraged to get involved with the planting or management of the orchard.

The orchard is part of the Fruitful Landscape project which plans to have a new orchard in Kinneil Estate.

FEL’s Forth Valley orchards co-ordinator, Diane Alderdice, is hoping the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and there are more rare trees in the town.

She said: “The Tom Putt apple came to our attention and we now want as much information as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Emilie Wadsworth at CSGNT on 01501 824791 or at emilie.wadsworth@csgnt.org.uk, listing the number of trees and the type of fruit that they grow.