BROWICK ROAD COMMUNITY ORCHARD PROJECT

Greening Wymondham are very pleased to announce this exciting project opportunity.

We recently put together a proposal for a small community orchard on a partly neglected area of the Rec on the eastern side opposite Gunton Road that runs down to the edge of the Ayton Road car park.  This was presented to Wymondham Town Council who have given permission for it.

The proposal to the right gives further details, but in brief it is to plant a collection of local variety heritage fruit trees surrounded by wildflowers to improve the area.  The idea is to create the orchard by the community for the community and to this end the work will be carried out by volunteers.  

Since starting the project we have cleared areas of turf on the top section in order to plant wildflowers and native bulbs, along with planting 12 heritage Norfolk variety apple trees from the East of England Apples and Orchards Project.  Richard Wills owner of RWTA Ltd kindly funded the cost of these 12 trees as part of his aim to plant 100 tree saplings in the local area.

On the bottom half of the site we have been clearing scrub and preparing the ground to develop this area later in the year.

 

For details of our next session please check our Events Page.

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Peter from Greening Wymondham explaining the Community Orchard Project
Peter from Greening Wymondham explaining the Community Orchard Project

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We had a great turn out at our information session
We had a great turn out at our information session

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The bulbs we planted adding a pop of colour
The bulbs we planted adding a pop of colour

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Peter from Greening Wymondham explaining the Community Orchard Project
Peter from Greening Wymondham explaining the Community Orchard Project

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Although the area is primarily planned as an orchard there is scope to accommodate other plantings/areas without compromising the primary aim of creating an orchard for communal use.  Some examples could be an area for herbs and other plantings, hedge planting to define boundaries, maybe a composting area or even a small performance area.  We will need to be mindful of our space restrictions when considering these additional uses but it would be great to hear your thoughts on what you would like to see included.

 

Also if you know any specific information about the site that would help in the overall plan please let us know.  For instance, we know that the site includes a colony of mining bees, so we are planning to ensure their habitat stays intact.

 

Please contact us if you have any ideas or information you would like to share.