Friends of Littleover Parks is a volunteer community group who help look after this wonderful community orchard. The Orchard is in Millennium Wood Park, Moorway Lane, Littleover, owned by the Derby City Council. We helped plant it, we prune the trees, cut back brambles, talk to people about it, and now we are planning the next stage.
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
Improve the orchard for the community, protect a bit of English and Derbyshire heritage, and improve the environment, by the following :-
- Install an information board to explain the different varieties of apple, pear, plum, cherry, and hazelnut tree in the current orchard that is starting to produce fruit, when to pick, how long to store, and how to use them.
- Plant 22 new trees to replace those lost to rabbits and other pests and diseases in the current orchard, together with suitable supports and wildflowers for pollinating insects.
- Plant another 40 trees in a nearby area to include Derbyshire heritage varieties of apple, crab apples (they make the best jelly to eat with lamb or just toast), cider apples, and more pears and plums.
- Install a bench for visitors to enjoy the lovely view of the orchard and Trent Valley
DOING OUR BIT FOR HERITAGE AND WILDLIFE
Orchards have been part of British culture since Roman times. They are recognised for the wildplant, insect and bird life that they support. Unfortunately intensive agriculture and cheaper imports have caused the severe loss of most of our traditional orchards and the rich heritage of different varieties of fruit tree.
HISTORY OF OUR ORCHARD
The Littleover orchard was planted in late 2011 and early 2012 as a community effort by Council Parks Department staff, pupils from Derby Moor College, and volunteers from Littleover.
45 varieties of apple, pear, plum, gage, damson, cherry, filbert, hazel and medlar were planted that winter.
We look after the orchard without any chemicals. We provide a chance for local people to learn pruning skills of the apples, pears, and nuts in winter and the cherries, plums etc in late spring, each year.
The orchard is open for people to enjoy the benefits to physical and mental health, and for people to pick some fruit for themselves.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT
To make our plans come true for local people and the orchard we have launched a CrowdFunder campaign to raise the funds. If we achieve our target by our deadline then Derby City Council have said they will donate 25% of the target. We can use all money pledged by you anyway. The funds will enable us to order and install the bench and the display board during the year and to order the bare rooted trees for planting next winter while they are dormant.
There are options for you to pledge just a straight gift or to pledge a gift in return for a small reward or to pledge a larger gift in return for a dedication or a corporate activity. Perhaps send a team from your company for a morning pruning fruit trees with training, instructions, and refeshments. See REWARDS below.
Later there will be chances to work with local volunteers in the outdoors, to make a difference to nature under threat, to keep alive some English heritage, and to make somewhere special for the community. You can keep in touch with our email address or watch our website or Facebook page for planting, pruning and other events.
Now look down the Funding column and see what inspires you.
Thank you, from me, Nigel Staunton, and the Friends of Littleover Parks.
---- Postcards (A5 size) ---- ---- Poetry Books (c.138mm x 216mm)---- ---- Poster (A1 size) ----
-- Millennium wood conifers -- Field Days Trees Be Company -- local apples by county
-- Orchard in blossom The Rivers Voice
T-Shirts printed with a transfer of an original design for the orchard, in either a general unisex style or a style shaped for women , in four colours in each style, and in different sizes
in the reward box select the option with the style, colour, and size you want.
Womens Style -
Kelly Green , Yellow , Sky Blue , Fuchsia
General Style -
Red Kelly Green Black Royal Blue
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