- It is a source of local fruit and growing fruit knowledge.
- It encourages bio-diversity and creates wildlife habitats.
- It is a focus for community effort and increased self sufficiency. We will learn new skills, such as grafting or juicing, as the orchard grows.
We understand that you are busy & the children are active, but the community orchard on your doorstep offers a range of benefits:
- Learning and skills in planting and tree care, harvesting and commercialising orchard bi products. That’s the enterprise and community or ‘big society’ agenda
- Helping our children understand that a more sustainable local economy makes for a stronger community and can help cut “food miles”.
- Working with others on the harvest or grass cutting on a sunny summer day is actually very rewarding and picnics there are great.
- Bio Diversity in action through the award winning wildflower meadow. It also helps orchard pollination. That’s the environmental agenda
- If they learn to grow it at Wylam First School, they also learn to cook it at Ovingham Middle School. It’s what some Americans call, the “edible classroom” concept.
- A share of the harvest for members, (£10 pa for families, £5 pa for individuals.)