Carse of Gowrie Orchards ~
work in progress
The project idea basically is to photograph and document in a visually interesting and mediative way the orchards of the Carse of Gowrie, they lie between Perth and Dundee. I'm concentrating on five orchards, principally for accessibility but also for visual variation. As the year has progressed some of these orchards have become unfortunately overgrown and difficult to access, though now a haven for wildlife, Wester Ballindean in particular. The orchards have in the main been left to slowly fade away and disappear. Many trees past their prime and in a state of decay. Apples, pears and plums were grown in these orchards.
This selection of images are primarily to show progress, it should not be seen as a final selection, most will be severely edited out (pruned), many added. While not intended to show the orchards through the year by nature this will no doubt be the case. The selection here has been left in a random and un sequenced state.
The Carse of Gowrie and also on the south side of the River Tay has had nearly 800 yrs of fruit growing, many estates having extensive orchards. With many specific locally named heritage varieties such as; Bloody Ploughman, Lass o' Gowrie Tower of Glamis and Hoods Supreme. Now there are only a very few remnant orchards left, a little effort is going into their preservation and rejuvenation but most in time will be completely gone. Through decay, neglect and/or the land being used most frequently for housing.