FAB is working with the council to promote the fruit trees along the orchard walk in Cupar.
There has been a tradition of planting fruit trees in this area for many years. There are several very old pear trees, but these trees have been topped/pruned heavily. The group has grafted from these old pear trees and several of the grafts have taken. The young trees are being looked after by members of the group and will eventually be planted out in Cupar.
FAB holds several events each year along the walk - we have collected litter, removing many black bin bags full of detritis. We have also highlighted the problem of dog 'poo' in the area.
The fruit trees have been pruned with the hope of improving their fruiting. We have also cleared around the trees to let light in. The fruit on these trees is community fruit for all to pick and use. The area at the Millgate end of the walk has several younger fruit trees which were all pruned, fed and mulched with well rotted horse manure.
The Orchard walk is a great area for wildlife in the town. We have been told that kinfishers and otters have been seen there in the past. At the moment there are several mallard families. It is a haven for birds, long tailed tits, bullfinches and moorhens to name but a few. The dawn chorus last month was very special and the experience to be recommended.
Kate Morrison, one of the coast and countryside rangers, has supported the FAB project. She has led workshops on pruning and making bird and bat boxes for the orchard walk. We've also had help and advice from members of other community groups in Fife such as Clear from Buckhaven and Strathkiness Community Gardern.