Work is under way to improve this space along the Riverpath. Along with Stirling Council, we have designed a beautiful woodland garden with new native trees and over 20 native species of plants and flowers which will give this neglected space colour and vibrancy all year round.
Work started on the 21st March to get the ground ready for the new trees we had hoped to plant at our Orchard Maintenance morning on the 28th March. Unfortunately due to the measures in place to protect the spread of the coronavirus this event needed to be cancelled.
This sadly means that the trees we had planned to plant will now be planted next year, depending on their growing season. For more information jump to here.
To expand the number of species, colour and interest in the canopy and shrub layers we have an aspen (Populus tremula), wild cherry (Prunus avium), Rowan (sorbus aucuparia), Spindle (Euonymus europaeus) as well as Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus) and Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus).
Bareroot trees like the aspen and wild cherry will have to wait until they are dormant again next season to be planted so February or March of 2021. Containerised plants do better with out of season planting so we may be able to get the rowan tree into the ground when we are able to move more freely and weather conditions are favourable.
The field or herb layer has even more fab plants to go in, and that will happen in the autumn 2020 and spring of 2021.
One of the first tasks was to remove dead or diseased trees, as well as some of the younger self seeded trees which were causing overcrowding.
This to make sure that the remaining trees have enough light, space and water to grow well and also make way for the new trees that will be planted on the 28th March 2020, 9.30am at our Orchard Maintenance morning.
We realise that it is a drastic step to remove trees and that the area will look worse before it gets better. Some trees were diseased and all were overcrowded.
We love trees and as well as planting and maintaining the Community Orchard for eight years, we have worked over the past months to get more trees in Riverside. In February we have either planted, or successfully lobbied the Council to plant, eighteen trees in various locations in Riverside, including replacing the beautiful ancient Red Oak that was felled in 2018, the oak sapling can be found to the left of the Cambus Kenneth bridge.
Find out more about the tress about to be planted below.
One of the challenges of improving this space is that the soil is in very poor condition, badly compacted and needs some care and nurturing.
Stirling Council will be bringing some much needed chipped wood and compost which will add nutrients, improve it's structure and drainage which will help the beneficial mini beasts to thrive in the soil.
When these first tasks are done and the growing conditions have improved, we will begin to introduce more flowering plants. These have been chosen for a number of reasons:
Biodiversity: Native plants in large variety have been chosen. This will ensure a wide range of wildlife and mini-beasts will make their home in our woodland garden. This in turn will help the plants to thrive.
Durability: The plants have been chosen that do well in woodlands in our Scottish climate.
Aesthetics: The plants have been chosen as a source of nectar, scent and colour that can be enjoyed by both people and wildlife, all year round.
Our hope is that the soil will have improved enough to allow us to start planting late Autumn with new flowers appearing in the spring and summer of 2021.
Discover our planting plant below and see what will be flowering and when.