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...)