Isleham Community orchard
Orchards were once widespread throughout the British Isles; almost every farm and suburban garden had its own fruit trees. Pressure on land for new houses has caused the loss of many of these small orchards. In order to reverse this trend “Common Ground”, a national charity, has pioneered the Community Orchard Scheme.
We planted our community orchard in February 2013, on an area of unused Parish Council allotment land. The trees are mostly heritage varieties obtained from the East of England Apples and Orchards Project. They have been sponsored and planted by people from the village and will be maintained by volunteers from within the community.
In addition to the production of local varieties of apples, there are many benefits to be gained from a community orchard. It can provide educational opportunities for children, a rich habitat for wildlife and a place to walk or just sit. Over the course of the next few years we hope the orchard will become an attractive amenity for every one to enjoy.