Scotmid’s Community Orchard plan taking root

Three people hold a sign for Scotmid community orchard

SCOTMID has launched an environmental and wellbeing initiative that will benefit almost 200 communities nationwide.

Its Community Orchard funding will allow fruit trees and bushes to be planted across the communities Scotmid serves.

The sites of five or more plants will then form part of a Scotland-wide orchard of hundreds of trees and bushes.

The retailer is seeking a group near each of its stores to plant five or more fruit trees or bushes within a community space. They will award £200 to each successful applicant, to fund the purchase of plants.

The initiative has been created to encourage people to work together, increasing physical activity and improving local environments.

Scotmid chief John Brodie said: “We are thrilled to provide the funding for our communities to plant, grow, learn and let nature thrive.”

Applications can be made at – with a closing date of 20 January.