Harper plants commonwealth orchard at Edinburgh Mela

Robin Harper Green MSP for the Lothians and Westminster candidate in Edinburgh East, is taking part in a tree planting project tomorrow as part of the Edinburgh Mela festival of cultures. The event will also see the launch of the ‘Fruitful Manifesto’ which seeks candidates’ commitment to planting more fruit trees in the future.

The event has been organised between John Hancox at The Commonwealth Orchard (1) and North Edinburgh Arts (2)

John Hancox, said, “This event aims to bring together people of different cultures to create a fruitful legacy for all our children’s future.”

Robin Harper, said:

“The Commonwealth Orchard inspiration is not just about a legacy from the Games, or just about appreciating apples, or just about health, or just about educating young people. It is in a very real sense, about saving the work of several thousand years of human effort from extinction.

“We have several hundred varieties of apple in Scotland, developed by selective planting and grafting over centuries, varieties that exist now only in remnants of orchards and in peoples back gardens – we cannot allow them to die out for lack of care or interest. Support the legacy project, save the Apple!”