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 now forms part of a larger initiative in the Clyde valley area.

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

For further information or to make a comment on the orchards of the Clyde Valley please email info@clydevalleyorchards.co.uk or call Chris Parkin, Project Manager on 01555 665064.


The Rural Development Trust gratefully acknowledges the help and financial support for the Clyde Valley Orchards Project from:

Scottish Natural Heritage

South Lanarkshire Rural Development LEADER+ Programme

South Lanarkshire Council

Central Scotland Forest Trust