Chance to learn more about community orchard

May 26 2016

Chance to learn more about community orchard

HORFIELD Organic Community Orchard is holding a Summer Open Day on Saturday, June 4, between 1 and 5pm.

Visitors are invited for an afternoon exploring Bristol’s pioneering community orchard, set up in 1998 and cared for by volunteers.

HOCO aims to inspire fruit growing as a way to grow community, wellbeing, and local, sustainable food.

Plans and progress on the exciting Home Orchard Plot project will be on display, showing how to lay out a mini orchard within a 10 x 4 metre footprint.

The Orchard Roots Bristol exhibition has stories of local and heritage apples and explains how a small community group transformed a piece of marginal and neglected land into a beautiful, fruitful, urban oasis.

The relaxed nature of this event allows time to answer any fruit growing questions from visitors.

There will be homemade cakes, refreshments, produce and plants for sale and anyone joining the orchard in June will be able to share in this year’s harvest.

To find the orchard (BS7 8JP) walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road & Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right or take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue (BS7 8QQ) until you come to the last gate on the left.

For more information see www.communityorchard.org.uk or call 0117 373 1587.