Kepple Lane Community Orchard

Garstang Transition Group, with the help of a grant from The Tree Council, have raised funds to plant a Community Orchard on Kepple Lane Park.
Planting commenced in December 2014, during National Tree Week. Planting was carried out by Transition members with help from Park Trustees and pupils from Moorbrook School, Fulwood.












 


 

Community orchards are places where varieties of fruit are grown by and for local people. They provide healthy fruit to share as well as a green haven for simple contemplation and enjoyment. Community orchards are also excellent wildlife habitats and carbon sinks. Many community orchards are centres for local festivities (for example based around national Apple Day), as well as more traditional activities such as wassailing.

Community Orchards can help to reinforce local distinctiveness and identity as people group together to save vulnerable varieties of apple, pear, cherry, plum and damson orchards. In a similar way to community gardens, community orchards can revive interest in growing and providing a way of sharing knowledge and horticultural skills.

The main driving force behind community orchards is an organisation called Common Ground. Since 1992 when Common Ground initiated the idea of Community Orchards, several hundred have been established throughout the country.




Only six months after planting, the first fruit appeared on two of our trees. Surely a good sign of things to come!


Plans for the new Community Orchard


1. Apple – Spartan
2. Apple – James Grieve
3. Apple – Bramley
4. Apple – Blenheim Orange
5. Apple – Egremont Russet
6. Pear – Invincible/Delwinor
7. Apple – Katy
8. Apple – Red Devil
9. Apple – Lancaster Ladies Fingers
10. Apple – Bramley
11. Morus Nigra- Black Mulberry
12. Plum – Marjories Seedling
13. Walnut – Broadview
14. Apple – Proctors Seedling
15. Pear – Conference
16. Apple – Katy
17. Apple – Red Devil
18. Apple – Spartan
20. Pear – Invincible/Delwinor
21. Apple – James Grieve
22. Apple – Lancaster Ladies Fingers