As well as fruit trees, the Community Orchard includes a number of community allotments, a meadow area that contains a wide variety of wild flowers, beehives, and a wildlife area with a pond. It is managed in partnership between Bridport Town Council and the Bridport Community Orchard Group (BCOG).
The Community Orchard today is located on two sites, St Mary’s Church Field off South Street and Jubilee Green off Park Road in West Allington. The St Mary’s Church Field orchard, which was declared a public green space in 2006, was established in 2008. It grew out of two community initiatives, one for local people to save the field from development, and the other, the Symondsbury Apple Project, which was designed to raise awareness of Dorset’s rich apple heritage. The Jubilee Green site was added in 2012. The project now consists of over 60 fruit trees, the majority of which are apple, but also includes pears, gages and others, grown in a range of tree ’styles’ including standard, espalier, and cordon.
The Group’s guiding principle is to manage the entire area as a model of a sustainable open space that maximises the benefits for people and wildlife. It is managed by organic principles wherever possible.
‣ Read more background history about the Orchard here.
Regular monthly work parties, to which all are welcome, maintain the orchard and in the long term will develop it into a mature, productive, open space that benefits the whole community.
We meet on the second Sunday of the month at 10.00 a.m. and carry out the tasks necessary at that particular time of year. Whether your interest is in fruit trees or in conservation and wildlife, the Bridport Community Orchard has something to offer. You can download a list of work party dates for 2019 here.
To find out how to get involved, either
- contact Ian Bark: firstname.lastname@example.org
- or simply turn up and ask for Ian - and before you know it, you will be one of the team.
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