Woolaston Community Orchard
A local charity, the Arbourday Trust, with the support of the Parish Council, the Memorial Hall Committee and the Forest of Dean Council has established a Community Orchard for the benefit of the people of Woolaston on part of the land on the other side of the playing field from the Memorial Hall.
The Hall Committee have agreed to the use of an acre of land and the Parish Council have agreed to look after the maintenance of the orchard for the longer term.
The Trust has been approved for a grant of £5,000 – 80% of the estimated total cost of the orchard and is raising the remaining 20% via local donations and fundraising.
Arbourday are very keen to make as many of the local people of Woolaston as possible aware of the proposal and have already got a great deal of local support.
The Parish Council and the local Primary School have been involved in the proposal from the outset.
The orchard has been planted with a wide variety of fruit to include local and historical varieties and less common fruits and the intention is that, when the fruit becomes available it will be free to local people.
Current plans include the provision of benches alongside the orchard and a site map to explain the various types of fruit tree planted.
There are a number of other Community orchards in the County although almost all of them are on the other side of the River Severn. Most simply allow local people to come and help themselves, which seems to work well and it is hoped that the same will apply here.
If anyone has any questions about the orchard, or would like to be involved, please contact Robin Larkham on 07706 951532 or Norman Taplin on 07789 637657