Cllr Janet Lloyd was one of a number of town councillors who opposed a grant application from Wellington Sustainable Food Group for £683.50 towards the costs of planting fruit trees at Post Close community Orchard.
The council heard that in February last year the group was awarded £1600 for a similar scheme elsewhere in the town.
“The evidence from the Corams Lane planting is that no one has picked the rhubarb all summer. If people haven’t picked what’s already there, then why will they use the new trees?” said Cllr Lloyd.
The town council agreed to follow the recommendation of the Finance committee and turn down the application.