There is something very lovely about growing your own fruit, picking and eating it. But growing an orchard full of plums, pears and apples also produces many benefits for learning. Great article in the Scotsman about a programme from Fruitful Schools which aims to create an orchard in every nursery, primary and sceondary school in Scotland. Read the article here and find out more about how they plan to realise their goal, as well as some great examples from schools that have already begun to establish their orchard and to develop rich learning experiences from that context.
You can also visit the Fruitful Schools website: http://www.fruitfulschools.com/ as well as the School Orchards national glow group here, where you will find lots of resources and materials to inspire you to get started with growing fruit.