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Thanks to funding from Trees for Cities, we are developing an exciting new project which will see unused land adjacent to Hemsby Barn transformed into a 200-tree community orchard.

Community orchards have become very popular in recent years and provide excellent opportunities to learn about agriculture and the environment, connect people across communities and host activities such as Apple Days, picnics and workshops. Just as traditional orchards were often the centre of village life and a cornerstone of the rural economy, community orchards are excellent places for people to come together to plant and cultivate local and unusual varieties of fruit trees, providing a green public space to be used and enjoyed by the community. 

The East of England has a heritage of around 270 traditional varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry, many of which are now endangered. The orchard will be designed to celebrate this rich heritage and promote biodiversity by planting a range of local fruit varieties, such as Five Crown Pippin, Norfolk Beefing and Dr Harvey. 

The orchard will be a community venture, planted and maintained by local people. If you are interested in getting involved, please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the latest information about volunteering opportunities. 

Apple Orchard
Apples in a Crate
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