The Community Orchard was established in 2014, and additional plantings have been made in February 2015. Some 40 trees are now in place spread around amongst the other trees and bushes in Peel Park. It’s anticipated that the annual January Wassailing event will take place there, to bless the trees as they mature towards fruiting.
Benefits of establishing a community orchard;
Local residents (particularly those with a small or no garden) will have access to a supply of locally produced fresh fruit.
To develop new skills and knowledge in growing and processing fruit
Establish a historic legacy to the Long Ashton Research Station (now closed) work in developing fruit varieties for UK growers.
Provide a new community space for local events and social activities
Develop a greater sense of community
The community is managed and used voluntarily by local people. The community orchard group is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to plant and maintain a range of top fruit, i.e. apples, pears, plums, etc.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the Community orchard group should email Transition Long Ashton
or contact Andy Coombe email; [email protected]