Holyrood’s Apple Day, an annual event now in its 9th year, brings together schools, community groups, and enthusiasts from across Scotland who are united in their aims to preserve old apple heritage varieties, help people grow fruit trees in schools, communities, parks and gardens, and to celebrate a Fruitful Scotland.

At the event held in the Scottish Parliament on 1st December, Ruth and MSP colleagues had the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish National collection of apples, and to taste various apple related produce, such as apple juice and apple cake, from across Scotland.

Ruth was also given the gift of a small apple tree, which she now looks forward to planting at a local primary school, helping to celebrate the start of the apple tree planting season, and to instil in the children an awareness and appreciation of naturally grown food.