Community orchard

Planting at Hey Green

Planting at Hey Green

The Community Orchard at Hey Green is a truly ‘growing’ project!  A variety of fruit trees have been planted, weeded and pruned, by volunteers, with a view to having fruit available in a few years’ time. These include apples, pears, cherries and apricots.  But, while waiting for nature to take its course, there are other edibles to be enjoyed immediately; raspberries, red currants, black currants, gooseberries – all in the lower of the two plots which are just above the site of the bungalows – now demolished – on Longley Lane (opposite the ‘Little Angels’ nursery).

Occasional housekeeping events (ok, orchardkeeping events) take place – clearing Himalayan Balsam, taking off the fruit buds from the trees so they can concentrate on growing rather than fruit production at this early stage, pruning and shaping the trees, oh, and collecting the fruit!

Anyone is welcome to explore the site at any time; it is a ‘community’ orchard – hopefully local people (mainly people in Lowerhouses) will get used to going there and eating the goods with their children.

Naturally the site also has huge patches of blackberry bushes – nothing like apple and blackberry crumble (sweetened with golden syrup / honey / sugar / sweetex – delete as appropriate) with cream or custard to finish off the main meal of the day!

If you’d like to get involved or find out more, please contact:

Ruth Elliott


Newsome Ward Community Forum

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