Forth Environment Link (FEL) is working with Helping Britain Blossom to offer a nine-month (January to September 2016) programme of training and support to start growing a new crop of community volunteers, dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience.

This programme, the Master Orchardist Volunteer Programme, funded by Helping Britain Blossom and the CSGN Development Fund 2015, is all about helping local people create, restore and access orchards in order to enjoy and use for good in their own communities.

The project supports the idea that the best way to learn a new skill is being taught by someone who has the practical experience and has done it before. So, FEL are developing a new team of Master Orchardists - community volunteers dedicated to sharing their knowledge.

Master Orchardists will receive training, tools and mentoring from Helping Britain Blossom and FEL's Forth Valley Orchards' team, and will share their confidence and skills with orchard communities near to where they live.

FEL are looking to recruit from across the Central Scotland Green Network area. There are only six places available, so applicants should have previous experience and knowledge of orchard creation and management, and involving people in them.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 19 January at midday.

If you are interested, further details are available on FEL’s website.

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