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A National Orchard Inventory for Scotland
Please Note this is the Award Notice.
There has been growing interest in traditional orchards in Scotland for nearly a decade. This interest spans cultural heritage, horticultural practice and historic varieties as well as the gradual disappearance of this unusual Scottish habitat.
Objectives: The project will create an inventory of orchards across Scotland. The methodology has already been established during work carried out in England and Wales for Natural England and CCW respectively, and has now been customised for Scotland. The methodology comprises two distinct stages: firstly a deskstudy , and secondly field verification. This current project is for the deskstudy only.
The deskstudy utilises customised GIS software in conjunction with the orchard layer of OS Mastermap. Sites are located using a number of techniques including the orchard attribute of OS Mastermap, existing published surveys, informal knowledge systems, and visual search using the mapping resources.
A pilot of the GIS Deskstudy has already been successfully carried out for the Scottish Borders administrative area. A total number of 140 orchard sites were recorded. The report and associated database will be available to the successful contractor.
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