Easter Orchard


Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th September 2017


Westside Community Centre,

Paddock Rd, Basingstoke RG22 6QB

Easter Orchard

Great News! Incredible Edible has secured a grant through Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council to fund the creation of a Community Orchard in the Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

The Community Orchard will provide a rich selection of apples, pears and plums which, when ripe each year, will be free to share to the local community.

With growing food, nutrition and cooking going back into the national curriculum for key stages 1 through 3 the Community Orchard will present an excellent source of project ideas for local schools and colleges with opportunities in art & design, IT and web design, soil science, tree care (pest, diseases, pruning for yield etc), fruit, bees, harvesting, preserving, nutrition, cooking etc The smartphone QR codes will enable these projects to be accessible through websites.

The layout below will give you an idea of what we are going to create:

The above plan has now been marked out on the site:

And here is the link to the list of trees we will be planting: Tree List

The Shaw Trust delivering the compost from Laverstoke Park Farm to site.

Two trial trees planted!

Planting Day! ........

............. Rain stopped play....... :-(

By late morning the site was getting quite waterlogged.........

The map below from the Met Office radar shows the intense series of rain clouds which were lining up to drench us further:

The weather was finally kind enough after two false starts with the torrential rain at the first attempt and the freezing cold winds at the second. Roughly 50 people came forward with their help and support - which was great!

Here are the photos of the Community Orchard taking shape.

End of May Update:

All the trees now are in bud, several are flowering and the red cobnuts are taking on their distinctive coloured leaves to signal the entrance to the orchard.

July Update

Here are photos including each tree as of the 17th July 2013 - not bad for the first year!

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