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Pupils visit Community Orchard to celebrate Blossom Day

The community orchard at Valleyfield Woodland Park, now in its second year, has been celebrated with the holding of a Blossom Day.

Pupils from St Serf’s, Culross and Torryburn primary schools returned to see how the trees were progressing after they and four other local schools planted the trees back in February 2016.

The event was organised by Forth Environment Link in conjunction with West Fife Woodlands who manage the orchard. It is part of a wider Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) called Fruitful Communities.

The pupils of the three schools listened to Margaret Miller from Environment Link explain the workings of flowers and the importance of their pollination by bees. Then, armed with magnifying glasses, they were sent off to see what insects they could find on the blossom around them. There was also a fun theme to the morning with a quiz where the pupils had to search the orchard for clues.

However, perhaps the most memorable part of the outing for some pupils was to be able to discover the particular trees they had planted earlier and to see how well they are progressing. No doubt they will be returning later in the season to see if their trees have borne fruit!

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