Apple Orchard Day 2017



Apple Orchard Day date has been confirmed for the 14th September 2016 at Holyrood Parliament in Edinburgh. This year the weather conditions, so far, have been excellent for growing, hopefully groups throughout Scotland will bring their fruits from community orchards planted in the past 4 years. With new MSPs appointed and with cross party support, it will be good to see new and familiar faces at the event as we share the update in the project funding and future plans.

‘Wee Garden Kit’ – 2020 Vision launched in Glasgow


In scorching 21 degrees Glasgow weather, primary schools and nurseries attended the Botanic Gardens to collect their ‘Wee Garden kit’ to grow vegetables, flowers, and potatoes. With help from volunteers and staff from Santander, the children had several workshops to visit where they were shown how to plant and seed. In addition, selected schools were given the Fairtrade workshop kits which they are helping to fine tune in the classroom lesson for other educational sites to enjoy.

As part of a joint initiative with Fruitful Scotland, Coffee Conscience are helping to fund the kits with 2,020 planned by the year 2020. Billy Miller (MD of Coffee Conscience) explains “ Each year we fund, attend, and provide workshops to teach children about growing food, the importance of wild flowers, apple and fruit trees, and Fairtrade. Working with Fruitful Scotland has enabled us to provide the workshop in a box and make accessible to all children and engage with the wider communities’. The packs are also supported by Albert Bartlett (known for their delicious potatoes) and the aim is to provide a spring and autumn pack so children can grow in schools/ nurseries and sample some of the food grown. The Evening Times has published an article from the launch @

The core funding for the kits comes from the sales of Fairtrade coffee, tea, and chocolate into education establishments such as the University of Edinburgh, hospitals, community cafes, high street and leisure customers.

Every Cup is making a real difference and please continue your support for our worthy causes.

Clear Buckhaven goes from strength to strength


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The work of this group is incredible and the skills they share within the community and the impact this makes is a fantastic example of the power of people working together. Well Done!

2020 Vision Launch


Based on the success of our annual workshop day, 2020 Vision was launched at The Gaelic School in Glasgow and starts the programme to deliver 2,020 educational workshop packs by the year 2020. With the help and support of selected schools and nurseries, we are supporting a bi-annual programme which will make a significant difference to the education of children and engage with social, environmental, and community responsibility. Watch this space as we show further launch events and on behalf of the children…….. ‘Tapaph Leat’

Newmains Workshop Event

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As part of our wider engagement programme with Fruitful Scotland, we attended the educational workshop day at Newmains Community Centre (NCC) on 15/3/16. This newly purpose built community centre in the heart of the town was our venue and attended by over 100 pupils and staff from the 7 local primary schools and nurseries. The workshops included vegetable seed planting, flower seed planting, potato potting, fruit tree planting and Fairtrade. The workshops aim to raise awareness of our environment/ health, promote local produce and the importance of supporting Fairtrade in developing countries.

 We wish to thank the staff and volunteers at Newmains Community Centre, Fruitful Scotland/ Commonwealth Orchard, our valued local customers and of course the children for their understanding of the workshop subjects and for their contribution in making the event a success.

To celebrate the opening of the new community centre, a commemorative apple tree was planted by the children.

 We also confirmed the launch of our new programme to reach out an even wider audience and provide the support to give greater access to our educational workshop. More to follow on this story but for now please enjoy some pictures on the day.   

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Special thanks to Sandy Mohamet for his photography and capturing the event.




Annual Workshop Day

The successful workshop event held for primary and nursery schools has progressed into the wider community for this year, the joint partnership lead by Fruitful Scotland and fully supported by Coffee Conscience has taken us to Newmains in Lanarkshire. With over 100 children in attendance from local nurseries and primaries, 4 workshops have been planned to learn about seed planting, potato planting, fruit tree planting, and Fairtrade Fortnight. This year a commemorative apple tree will be planted within the grounds of the newly funded community centre by the children to celebrate the opening and the birth of the new garden to be designed and planted by the local community. There will also be a special announcement on the day which starts a brand new national initiative. Pictures and update to follow.


Milestone Achievement


Coffee Conscience reached a milestone in March and a major achievement for the real and original home of social, environmental, and community responsibility. With every cup making a real difference our support helps Fairtrade and wider community engagement. With our apple tree funding for the Commonwealth Orchards about to exceed 2,000 trees, it shows one element of our work which supports community groups, provides local fruit, and leaves a legacy for generations to come. If you have some spare community land or have a local authority with land for wildlife, we can pass your details forward to Fruitful Scotland to plant more community orchards in the UK. Coffee Conscience at the core and making a difference in every cup.

Edinburgh College – training and orchard planting


As part of their environmental commitment and wider community engagement, Edinburgh College took delivery of a further 40 apple tress to complete the 100 fruit tree planting programme throughout their 4 Edinburgh based campus sites. Picture above holding the apple tree is Severine Monvoison (Community Garden Co-ordinator) and John Hancox (Fruitful Scotland) along with 2 s from the team of over 20 volunteers on the day. Coffee Conscience will be providing further support later in the year to provide fruit bushes for the community garden to allow less abled members of the community, staff, and students to enjoy the paved garden area experience of picking fresh fruits from the stalk. Well done to the team on a cold January day and a special thanks to John Hancox for offering training support of orchard planting and designated tree varieties.

Volunteers required – January planting


Edinburgh College are seeking volunteers and students to help plant 100 apple trees in January 2016 within 4 of their campus sights throughout Edinburgh. Community Gardener Co-ordinator, Severine Monvoison is organising the event and recruiting a team of volunteers to get their hands dirty, burn off some calories, and give something back to their local community.

With further planting programmes in Fife, St Andrews, and Aberdeen planned in January, the Commonwealth Orchards are reminding all orchard plantations of the short window to the end of March for planting.

Fruitful Scotland – Scottish Learning Festival



Special thanks to Scottish Government`s funded ‘Big Food Bus’ at the Scottish Learning Festival which allowed John Hancox to provide a stand to promote orchards for schools and nurseries. With good apple harvests in 2015, the children could look at a range of locally picked apples, sample some freshly prepared apple juice, and cut and peel their own apples using a clever piece of table top equipment which cored, skinned, and sliced the apple for ease of consumption. Coffee Conscience were at hand to help with the apple coring as children were amazed by its simplicity and a fun way to prepare 1 of your 5 a day. The apple corer and peeler is available at all good stockist and a link has been attached to demonstrate