Through support from the LEAF Fund, and the tireless efforts of volunteers and friends, the Community Co-op, the Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company, has successfully established a thriving community orchard in the heart of Nuns Moor Park. The orchard boasts a variety of trees and plants including, cherry, apple, pear, quince, gage, medlar, mulberry and hazelnut trees.
Thanks largely to the drive of one of the organisation’s former Board Director, David Rochester; this is also a Heritage Orchard, with 35 varieties of apples that you won’t see in supermarkets!
The heritage fruits were chosen because they are not commonly found in the shops, and help educate local residents about the variety of fruit available to us, especially if we grow our own.
The orchard has helped develop a part of the park that was originally dedicated as a wild flower meadow, so the addition of the fruit trees to the site will help attract pollinators, and at the same time, help with cross pollination that the trees require in order to produce fruit.