Sarah Gittins writes:
Since 2013 I have been working with Jonathan Baxter on an art and horticulture project called DUO (Dundee Urban Orchard). DUO has worked alongside community groups, schools and cultural organisations to establish a network of 25 small-scale orchards that together re-imagine Dundee as an Orchard City. During this time I have also drawn an old apple orchard on the grounds of the Hill of Tarvit, Fife.
In If the City were an Orchard I have imagined this old orchard at the centre of Dundee.
An orchard, when left alone, can support a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as producing fruit for us to eat. These plants and creatures in turn support the health of the trees. This balance of life is necessary for all of us to thrive and could be seen as a Biodiversity Commons. Honouring the Biodiversity Commons is part of what makes Dundee an Orchard City.