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Ongar Community Orchard

Event 

Title:
Volunteer Day: Ongar Community Orchard
When:
10.05.2016 10.00 h
Where:
Category:
Countrycare Events

Description

Ongar Community Orchard

Ongar Orchard is having an early cut again this year and we will need a few extra hands to help rake up the arisings. Please note there will be no Loughton pickup unless requested. If you would like a lift please call us before 3pm on Monday 9th.
Meet: 10:00am St Peters Avenue, Ongar, CM5 0BU. Grid Ref: TL 551 042

The Countrycare office telephone is 01992 564224. Please note we are currently at capacity for volunteers. If you would like to go on our volunteer waiting list please contact us.

Venue

Ongar Community Orchard
Venue:
Ongar Community Orchard

Description

Size: 0.16ha

Grid Reference: TL 55120 04223

Owners: Epping Forest District Council

Access: Open access via kissing gate to the side garages off St Peter’s Avenue. 

Description: Ongar Orchard is located in the west of Shelley, just off St Peter’s Avenue. Before 2014 this disused allotment site was cut frequently by Epping Forest District Council’s Ground Maintenance Team, but had no real purpose. Local Conservationist, Alan Brett, together with a group of interested locals, took a proposal to the Council to turn it into a community orchard. Funding was obtained from from Rural Community Council of Essex (funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme and supported by Essex County Council) as well as Ongar Town Council. 

In January 2014, Friends of Ongar Community Orchard, with help from Epping Forest Countrycare, planted 25 fruit trees, and later in the spring took a group from Shelley Primary School to plant wildflower plugs. The area is now managed to promote these wildflowers. 

The orchard now contains apples, plums, pears, greengages and cherry trees which were planted in January and the committee is just waiting for them to bear fruit. It is hoped that the orchard will be a useful resource for local schools and youth organisations, with a theme of healthy eating, and sourcing food locally.

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