Since Newquay Community Orchards first Crowdfunder, launched in December 2014 and raising £66,000, the site and project has been growing at a rapid pace. We have seen 500 volunteers sign up and donate 20,000 hours of their time. We have worked with over 4000 school children, planted 1200 trees, including 120 Cornish apples, and created a haven for wildlife and people alike.
The aim of the project is to promote a healthy, social, environmentally friendly local community, and the 7 acre site itself is fast becoming a central hub for volunteering, education, training and socialising.
We successfully raised a further £6,500 through Crowdfunder to build our community workshop. Now complete we need to kit it out. We have worked with some amazing people within the workshop, many who are over 50 or retirees who provide amazing mentoring opportunities for the younger generation engaging with the site.
We need to provide a space which will allow this mentoring project to flourish. The project aims to bridge the generation gap, provide high quality learning experiences to those less fortunate, and find solutions to waste going to landfill by creating beautiful new products.
We need to raise £20,000 for equipment, such as a lathe, band saw, drill press and laser cutter. The equipment will be used to improve the variety of learning on our social programmes, driven by our mentors.
This is not the only use though.....it's also for you to enjoy and use! This is a community workshop and as such an open platform for anyone to utilise.
How can you help?
Please give generously! even a tiny donation helps us, and tell everyone you know.....
The money is such a big thing for us. We have managed to do so much on such a shoestring and we really can make your donation go far.
Apart from funding we are always looking for donations. If you have something sat at the bottom of the garden that you may think could be of some use to us then please get in touch. We have accepted a wide range of garden and maintenance tools, as well as a variety of wood products. Even the sheds and greenhouses visible on site were donated by the local community.
Most importantly, and what makes the community orchard project possible, is the donation of peoples time. We have a range of dedicated volunteers involved with the orchard site, from retired builders to youngsters wanting to learn, and we are always looking for more. If you have skills in carpentry, building or plumbing, if you are an artist wanting to show off your talents, or if you just want to get your hands mucky, whilst learning new skills and meeting new people, please get in touch. There may even be a cup of tea and a biscuit waiting for you!!
About the Orchard
Newquay Community Orchard is a 7 acre open access public space that provides workshops, food security and community events to Newquay and its surrounding areas. Please visit for www.newquayorchard.co.uk or get in touch for further information.