Transition Town Wellington (TTW) took a significant step on Thursday 20 September towards realising their project to plant an community orchard in Post Close, off Barn Meads Road, Wellington.
The group has being making plans for the orchard for 18 months and needed to raise £150 to cover the cost of the fruit trees.
Helen Gillingham from the Sustainable Food Group organised a cake and produce sale in Post Close, next to the land on which the orchard will be planted. She said, “There’s one apple tree there at the moment but we want to add to that.”
The proposed site of the orchard is adjacent to Wellesley Park Primary School and the event attracted attention from neighbours and parents and children pick-up time. Helen said, “We gave out leaflets and spoke to many of the parents. Some came and bought a cake and voted for which trees they would like to see planted.
“We raised a fantastic £157.80 which covers the cost of the trees. One tree was offered as sponsorship in memory of a neighbour’s husband. All in all people were very positive about the idea, especially the neighbours.”
She invited visitors to the sale to register their votes for the fruit trees they would like to see planted on the plot. Helen reported that cherry trees were very popular “perhaps for their blossom as well as their fruit” as well as Victoria plums and Conference pears.
TTW has produced a foraging map which identifies no fewer than seven locations around the town where a surprising variety of fruit can be harvested free. The map details not only the sites but also the extensive list of produce to be found on each one.
TTW focuses on sustainable ways to live. The group organises a range of activities and events throughout the year, including community gardening, food demonstrations, apple juicing, talks, films and meetings. Details can be found on ttw.org.uk.