Who are we?

Appletreeman (Andrew Lear)

Andrew Lear

Andrew was born in East Devon, and was practically born in a cider orchard. He even had a treehouse in a big old Bramley tree in the garden! And behind his house in Ottery St Mary was an old orchard full of horrible tasting cookers (he didn’t know the difference then) and some vicious geese! The orchard belonged to an old farming family of Luxtons, and sadly went the way of many orchards – developed into houses in the 1980’s.

Andrew trained in tree surgery and horticulture, and went on to work in various parts of England and Scotland. Later he came across the orchards in Worcestershire and spent a spell on the West Coast on Gigha in the walled garden, which also had good fruit!

Andrew has always grown fruit trees, and his first introduction to heritage trees was when he instigated the planting of old Scottish varieties at Culzean Castle in 1990.

He now puts 30 years of horticultural knowledge into practice by teaching and advising orchard groups and owners throughout Scotland, and propagating our heritage varieties of fruit.

He will be retiring in a few years so if you are interested in buying into a successful horticultural business please get in touch.


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Sarah Walkington

Born in Northern Ireland Sarah was brought up on a small holding surrounded by animals, her family moved to Scotland when she was 15 years old.

She is currently setting up a horticultural business near Luncarty, Perthshire  with her partner James, and will be running Plants with Purpose at Blackhaugh Farm in 2020. Although she does not come from a horticultural background she has always had a garden or an allotment where she likes to grow unusual fruits and vegetables. She also has a particular passion for lavender and cut flowers.

Sarah has worked with  Andrew and Margaret over the last few years and has been becoming more interested in the world of purposeful plants and forest gardening; it is fair to say she has caught the plants with purpose bug!  When the opportunity opened up to take on the business she didn’t hesitate and now looks forward to sharing her knowledge with others. Her website is here .