We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency. Between 1994 and 2016, almost half of Scottish species decreased (State of Nature Scotland, 2019). This is why we want our park to play a small part in reducing this loss, while also creating an attractive and usable community space.
The SRA is pleased to have been awarded £2,500 from the Highland Council's Nature Restoration Fund. We will use this to develop our community orchard, which will provided us with local, free, fresh fruit, as well as an important source of nectar for pollinating insects. The orchard will include apples, nuts and other types of fruit, including our local (and most northerly) heritage apple variety 'Coul Blush'. We will also use the grant to purchase tools to manage the open areas for wild native flowers, creating colourful and attractive nature-rich areas, and to manage our small area of woodland.
Please get in touch if you'd like to join our growing team of volunteers and to help shape how the park develops. For those who don't follow us on social media, we will meet at the park shed on the first Saturday of every month (10:00 till 12:00) from May to October.