The fruit you can sometimes forage today in parts of the Clyde Valley is the remnant of a once-great industry, whose produce was grown and processed and transported to markets across the country. The area has a history of orchards, going back hundreds of years. Today some continue in cultivation while others lie abandoned, a home for wildlife. The Lanarkshire Songwriters have gathered memories from growers and pickers of the great days of Lanarkshire apples and plums, strawberries and tomatoes, and turned them into songs with schools and members of the community, on a CD called Fruits of Their Labours. Billy Stewart, Ian Walker, Martin Coffield and John Young join us to describe the land and its traditions in words and music.
You can hear the title song on YouTube
You can watch this free event from here, or if you’d like to join questions and discussion, you can also go direct to it in the Science Festival’s YouTube channel