Welcome to our website
The Community Orchard was established in 2008. It is a public green space, owned by West Dorset District Council, leased by Bridport Town Council, and managed in partnership with the Bridport Community Orchard Group (BCOG).
The orchard is freely available for everyone to enjoy informally, and also for public events organised either by the orchard group, or other local groups, on application to BCOG.
An interactive location map is available here.
BCOG is made up entirely of volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome (there's no membership fee). If you would like to join us, please contact Jill Lloyd, BCOG Chair, for further information (email@example.com or tel: 01308 458480).
Work party sessions to care for the orchard are held monthly, usually on the second Sunday of the month. All skills and general help are much appreciated! You can read all our work party reports here.
Dates for work party sessions can be found on the Information Board and our Calendar and include those at Jubilee Green (held on Tuesdays, in the morning during winter months and in the afternoon during the summer).
A little bit of background
The orchard is just under one acre of land, located in the heart of the town of Bridport, off South Street and behind St Mary's Churchyard.
It grew out of two community initiatives, one in Bridport, to save a field from development and the other, a year-long project of The Symondsbury Apple Project, which was designed to raise awareness of Dorset’s rich orchard heritage. The field, once priory land, links South Street to the River Brit. In 2006, it was designated as a green space for community use.
The new project created an orchard of apple and other fruit trees, a ‘cordon hedge’ of heritage apple varieties and a wall of espaliers - apple, pears and gages. A link to the list of tree varieties can be found on our Orchard page.
Fourteen allotment plots (including a Community Allotment), sitting areas, an outdoor classroom, wildlife areas and a pond all contribute to making the orchard a truly valuable and sustainable community space.
Photo above - courtesy of Pete Millson
BCOG's guiding principles are :
- to manage the entire area as a model of "Sustainable Community" - maximising the benefits for people and wildlife.
- It is operated on organic principles, with the aim of reducing, re-using and recycling whenever possible.
BCOG would like to offer huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported us in so many different ways. To read more, please click here.