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Community Orchard

Thornbury Community Orchard is a small walled area between the stream and the footpath to the east of  Gloucester Road, opposite The Anchor pub. It belongs to South Gloucestershire Council, who have asked Sustainable Thornbury to manage it. 

The Orchard

The orchard contains several apple and plum trees. Two of the apple trees at the east end are old and overgrown, and we have not attempted to restore them. The other apples and plums were planted in 1995. The existing trees have been pruned several times. We are trying to restore them, but they suffer from canker.

We have planted a number of new fruit trees to compliment the existing ones, plus soft fruit and a medlar tree.

See the new sign (PDF 427KB), which explains what the orchard is and what is there.

Bee on blossom

Thornbury Orchard Group

The Thornbury Orchard Group is a group of volunteers, run by Sustainable Thornbury, who look after the orchard. We are part of the South Gloucestershire Council Community Spaces network, and as such have a contract to enable us to work safely as volunteers to manage the Orchard. Copies of the contract and more information can be obtained from thornburyorchard@sustainablethornbury.org.

Marian has completed a one day First Aid course. She is proposing to be at the Orchard at least twice a month (with risk assessment and First Aid box) to do any work that needs doing – e.g.tying in the blackberries as they grow. She would appreciate some company on those days so if you are available and would like to get involved please turn upon any of the days and times listed below. We will normally be there for an hour, sometimes less. One summer work-party will be pruning the plum and damsons. We may also need to thin some apples.

Orchard and Wildflower Meadow work party dates in 2017

Month

Wednesday 9:30am

Saturday 2pm

Notes

January 4th 21st
February 1st 18th
March 1st 18th
April 5th 15th
May 3rd 20th
June 7th 17th
July 5th 15th
August 2nd 19th
September 6th 16th
October 4th 21st
November 1st 18th
December 6th 17th

We have been ably instructed by ‘Mr Fruit’ (Graham White) in planting trees and the best way to prune fruit trees for a better, healthier crop. We have pruned out some of the canker and pruned for improved productivity.

Pruning lesson

The project perfectly illustrates the aims of the group which include encouraging the production of locally grown food. Members are interested in all aspects of fruit and veg growing and very much appreciated having the help of a professional fruit grower on hand. There should be a bumper harvest in the autumn and the trees, hopefully, will appreciate all the care and attention.

Orchard maintenance