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PE01410: Developing a fruitful future for all young Scots (and some older ones)

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: John Hancox


Date Lodged: 14 November 2011

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support and encourage local authorities, schools and community groups to plant fruit trees in schools and community settings so children, families and the wider community can learn how to grow harvest, and enjoy their own local seasonal fruit by providing funding to enable this to happen. We also ask the Scottish Government to support the development of the Commonwealth Orchard – as a Scotland wide legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. While some of this could be in Glasgow’s East end, our vision with the Commonwealth Orchard is for that to be widely geographically spread, and developed in partnership with a range of local community groups.

Petition History:


13 December 2011: The Committee took evidence from John Hancox, Chair of Scottish Orchards and Director of the Children's Orchard; Jim Paterson, Tarbert and Skipness Development Trust and Mike Hyatt and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, National Trust for Scotland, the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Historic Scotland and Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society. Link to Official Report 13 December 2011 (470KB pdf)

6 March 2012: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the grounds that the Scottish Government has demonstrated how it supports and encourages local authorities, schools and community groups to plant fruit trees in schools and communities and that the Scottish Government has confirmed that there is no specific funding available to support additional Commonwealth Games legacy projects at this time and has provided advice on the process and criteria for accessing use of the games legacy branding which the petitioner could apply for. Link to Official Report 6 March 2012 (287KB pdf)  

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