Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday miscellany

A traffic nightmare as four events, including the Curtis Cup, clash on June 9th? Some Gurnites may also be interested in the Highland Council's new Apple Map. Some will question if this is an appropriate use of tax payer's money but interestingly there could be economic benefits for the Highlands in years to come if some traditional apple growing areas find it difficult to continue with global warming affecting the health of their trees:

" With the south of England getting less rainfall, new orchards will planted further north as apple trees need plenty of moisture to grow and set fruit. Our survey discovered here are only a handful of commercial orchards in Highland." 

Obviously there is potential to grow some more fruit in the north. Gurnites may be interested to know that a group of plotters are going to establish an orchard on part of the new Sandown 2 allotment area and intend to grow a variety of  Scottish Heritage trees, they hope to encourage others to do the same locally. Perhaps one day the community could plant a couple of thousand trees on Sandown   and sell the fruit as a sustainable business? (maybe it's because this observer is a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...)


Granny Smith said...

Will this orchard be solar powered.?

Graisg said...

@ Granny Smith, that would be nice :-)

Mr Toad said...

No traffic problems in Nairn as long as we have the rat run through the West end.

I understand that in deference to local residence this is going to get a nice brown touristy type sign at the the top of Sandown lane proclaiming it to be the 'Jubilee Scenic Route'. What a fitting tribute to our dear monarch as we zoom through the mean streets of Nairn

Toot, toot, watch out bairns!