Clyde Valley Blossom Day - Spring into Growing your Own
A celebration of all things spring
A celebration of all things spring will take place at Clyde Valley’s first Blossom Day on Saturday 4 May, 9.30am – 2pm. In association with the Lanarkshire Farmers Market, the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership are organising a Blossom Day at Overton Farm, Crossford. It will be a great local family event with activities, music, advice, superb food and ‘growing themed’ give-aways that will be held in a marquee alongside the farmers market. Entry is free.
The first fruit blossom appearing in the Valley is a sure sign that Spring has ‘sprung’ and that summer is just around the corner. Although the recent cold weather has meant that things are a wee bit behind this year, a few warm days will bring everything on. Residents and visitors will see the snow of the past few weeks replaced by the ’snow’ of fruit tree blossom across the valley sides as, damsons, plums, apples and pears come into flower. As the ground warms up, it’s also time to start planting grow your own salad and vegetables in home gardens and stall holders will be on hand with practical help and guidance to inspire visitors to have a go at growing.
Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership Chair, Provost Eileen Logan, said “The Clyde Valley has a proud growing heritage producing 70% of Scotland’s tomatoes in the late 18th Century. Blossom Day is an opportunity for people to find out more about this horticultural history, what it produces today and sample some great local food. More and more people now are also getting interested in growing their own fruit and veg so partners and community groups will highlight opportunities to volunteer on community growing projects, start your own local growing project or just get growing in your own garden or window box.’
John Young, Overton Farm said “ Along-side the regular farmers’ market we will be joined by a number of local groups who will be offering advice on growing your own produce as well as activity tables for kids to experience planting seeds. Local band Teribus will be on hand to provide some great music and there will be face painting and pony rides to add extra fun for the kids.”
Farmer Poppers from Overton Farm will also be taking a group on a walk around his farm where he rears beef cattle. You will be able to can see the livestock, grade eggs and watch the feed being prepared, Poppers will talk you through the daily routine of the farm before stopping for a refreshment and tasting some of the farm produce. Tickets are £5 per family & are available from Overton Farm Shop, Alexander Taylors Bakery Strathaven & any Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market.
Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market are also hosting a market lunch on the day with guest chef / proprietor of Rissons Restaurant, Strathaven, Scott Baxter who will demonstrate a 2 course menu before you can sit down to the said dishes accompanied with a drink of your choice and tea or coffee. Tickets are great value at £9.50 per adult or £5 for a child who can either eat from Scott’s menu or create their own pizza at a kids table.
More information on the day can be found on the Clyde and Avon Valley website as well as the Lanarkshire Farmers Market website. Blossom Day is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Central Scotland Green Network.
Notes for editors:
1. The Clyde and Avon Valleys Landscape
Partnership The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is a Heritage Lottery funded initiative which aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley. More info on the Clyde and Avon Valley website.
Its aims are to:
- Conserve and restore the natural and built heritage
- Strengthen the connection between land and people
- Improve access and opportunities for learning
- Provide training in heritage and rural skills
Tel: 01555 663430
Facebook:Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership
2. Stall list includes
Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership,
Carluke Historical Society on the history of growing,
Scottish Wildlife Trust,
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,
Clydesdale Community Initiatives,
Clyde Valley Orchard Group,
West of Scotland Butterfly Conservation,
East Kilbride Development Trust Seed Exchange,
Rosebank In Bloom,
Zero Waste Scotland on composting,
Crossford Play Group,
Lanark & District Archaeological Society on horticultural heritage
3. Central Scotland Green Network
The CSGN aims to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental health and well‐being of Central Scotland, as well as assisting the area to meet the challenge of climate change. The overarching CSGN vision is that by 2050, Central Scotland will be transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.
The CSGN area stretches from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west, to Fife and Lothians in the east, encompassing 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km. As the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe, the CSGN has the potential for 3.5million people to benefit, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population. The CSGN will create an environment which supports sustainable economic growth, allows Central Scotland to thrive in a changing climate and encourages healthy lifestyles and good physical and mental well‐being. It will create places which people enjoy, where they choose to live and bring up their families and where nature can flourish.
4. Clyde Valley Orchard Group