Volunteer

The Community Orchard is a public space for all to enjoy and we rely on the help of volunteers to make it a special place for everyone.

If you would like to get in touch to help out in or with the orchard project, chat about the what we do or come and visit, please contact us through this website or call 01707 642393

Volunteer
If you have an hour or two to spare anytime and you’d like to help out with activities at the site do get in touch with us. There is always plenty to do and we depend on volunteers to keep the orchard going. This winter we will be carrying on opening up the scrub alongside the steam at the back of both fields. This will let in light which in turn will help to increase biodiversity of plants and animals in this area. This work has to be carried out in the winter when birds are no longer nesting and we can, at the same time, create ‘dead hedges’ to provide cover and shelter for small mammals, insects and other organisms, using the cut material.
Its a great way to get some exercise and there’s no danger of getting cold! Tea and cake provided…
Comments from volunteers…

‘We have carried out work a variety of work at the Orchard over the last couple of years, helping plant the trees, watering over the summer, clearing grass cuttings and even providing jam for fund-raising.

It is a lovely project to work on as its out in the open air and you see the results of your efforts quite quickly. And it’s a great bunch of volunteers to work with. The results do look impressive with healthy trees, a great play area, bees humming and a handsome Yurt (everybody should have one!). The Orchard group has worked so hard to get it going and make it a success. It is a great community project, initiated, managed and worked on by the local community. It will last for a long time!

We look forward to gathering fruit over the next few years.’

Orchard helpers