An active community group in Peterston Super Ely has teamed up with Community Foodie to develop an orchard for their village.
The group are keen to support heritage and Welsh fruiting varieties and plan to plant a range of top fruits including apples, pears, plums, nuts and damsons. The trees will also be supplied from growers based in Wales.
As well as providing fresh local fruit it is hoped that this community orchard will serve as an educational resource to promote sustainable growing methods, develop skills and knowledge of maintaining fruit trees and build awareness of biodiversity and the importance of supporting pollinating insects.
The group also plan to use the space to host community orchards based events and celebrations such as apple pressing, jam and chutney making and seasonal celebrations.
The Next Steps…
The group are planning to rally the troops for a clearing and planting session in January and February where Community Foodie will be on hand with tools and will also be offering some financial support to purchase tree protectors and fencing. Watch this space for more photos!
Before the work begins Community Foodie thought it would be a good idea to take the group on a trip to see a local community orchard in Wenvoe and pick up tips on how other communities have done it.
Project up and running
With all the planning and preparation out of the way the group set to work clearing the site in readiness for the arrival of the trees. Once this was done all that remained was to get digging and planting.
- Identify growing style and site plan
- Developed co-operation with National Trust
- Carried out clearance work on the site
- Financially supported the project (tree supports, tree protectors, fencing)
- Community planting day