Newquay Community Orchard

by newquay-orchard in Newquay, Cornwall

We need to raise startup funds to pay for the equipment and trees for the planting and construction of the community orchard.

by newquay-orchard in Newquay, Cornwall

We did it
On 23rd December 2014 we successfully raised £66,337 with 141 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

Our Stretch Target

£40,000

What will I use the extra money for?

The stretch target will pay for the polytunnel, the updates required for our website, and all the additional equipment and storage. 


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Summary

Newquay Community Orchard will be an open access public space that provides workshops, food security, apprenticeships, and community events to Newquay and it's surrounding areas. Please visit www.newquayorchard.co.uk for more information.

 

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About us

Urban Biodiversity CIC, is a newly formed community interest company that aims to put an end to social deprivation by developing urban sites into places that offer a fair chance for all.

We aim to provide education, job opportunities, food security, environmental protection, community building, and community projectsthat engage and empower local communities with the skills and opportunities to improve their surroundings for the betterment of their health and wellbeing.

Our directors and management committee have a wealth of skills and experience in ecology, horticulture, mental health, events, and business and finance, from job roles including managing director of Crowdfunder, to manager of the areas of outstanding natural beauty sites at Cornwall Council, to the lead horticulturalist at the Eden Project. We have also formed partnerships with the Cornwall food Foundation and Duchy College in order to deliver high quality apprenticeship opportunities. All our graphic design is done by our very talented designer Amelia Berkeley.

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What is our idea?

We have been donated a 7 acre parcel of land right in the heart of Newquay in which we will create a multifunctional space that provides education, job opportunities, food security, and an environmental legacy to the surrounding community. 

The site is made up of a 4 acre traditional Cornish orchard, a cob walled Victorian style community growing space, a sensory garden, an educational amphitheatre, and a community building consisting of a classroom, cafe, and events space overlooking our events amphitheatre.

The Orchard Map

The site will have a strong educational focus with workshops for local schools and residents. There will also be mental health day care in the form of horticultural therapy, as well as apprenticeships, job opportunities, and environmental job skills. One very important aspect of the site is the events, which will range from community gatherings to festivals and farmers markets.

The site is designed to showcase a range of techniques including forest gardening and permaculture, highlighting what is possible in urban areas. We want there to be more sustainable use of urban land where people can learn to be more self sufficient. 

Food skills are life skills. There has been an alarming reduction in food skills and peoples understanding of the food growth process over the past few generations. We are now dependant on supermarkets and monocultures. We hope the Community Orchard will deliver a new way of thinking.

 

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Why are we Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is important to us as it gives our community the chance to be involved in the development of the site from the very beginning. The money raised will allow us to fund the early stages of the site development with the purchase of all the materials and trees along with the equipment necessary to complete the planting.

We hope to have the planting completed ready for spring and to welcome visitors into enjoy the new surroundings. The Duchy of Cornwall has agreed to match every pound donated up to our £15,000 target. 

 

Testimonials 

The Duchy of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is delighted to offer its support to this excellent project conceived by Luke Berkeley of Urban Biodiversity. It bears three notable hallmarks.

Here is a practical and enduring scheme which for generations ahead will raise awareness of how traditionally produced food is good not just for people but for the wider environment and the natural world.

The project will also afford a good opportunity for both practical and academic education. Learning about both husbandry and the use of local food is really important if we are to be able to live our lives sustainably. This scheme fits in so well with Nansledan's overall food strategy where we want all planting to be not just beautiful but also useful.

And thirdly the Community Orchard is situated at the cross roads between Nansledan and Newquay. Combined with the wonderful new Tretherras Allotment Association gardens and the Sports Centre this strengthens the opportunity for a really important social dividend. The Community Orchard will help to forge strong links from the outset between the existing community and the new one which will be established at Nansledan over the next thirty to forty years.

Tim Gray - Estate Surveyor to the Duchy of Cornwall November 2014

 

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Cornwall Food Foundation/Fifteen Cornwall

Alongside the Duchy of Cornwall, the Cornwall Food Foundation is proud to be supporting Urban Biodiversity in the creation of Newquay Community Orchard as a new community asset which will make a major contribution to the development of land, growing and food skills and employment in the Newquay area. This is an important project in the wider planned food strategy for Cornwall and offers its fastest growing town a real opportunity to retain authentic rural connections. Given Cornwall's agricultural heritage and current economic frailty, we believe that the wider impacts of this project, and those planned for the future, will provide a platform for Cornwall to fulfil its potential as a leader in sustainable food production. The benefits of the community orchard are much wider reaching than the food production process, with a strong emphasis on social inclusion and education, which will improve socio-econmomic conditions and promote better health and wellbeing. The Orchard represents a community asset for the town, a place safe from development that will deliver food security, environmental security, recreational space, and community events. It is a vital cog in the process of changing public perceptions and reskilling people in relation to the food production process, particularly highlighting the important relationship between sustainability, biodiversity, food production and community engagement, with an emphasis on local self sufficiency. The loss of food skills over the past few generations is staggering. We are now dependent on supermarkets and monocultures. The multi functionality of the orchard space promises to provide a different way of thinking.

Matthew Thomson - CEO Cornwall Food Foundation/Fifteen Cornwall

 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

35 of 400 claimed

£5 Reward

Sponsor a tree in our woodland copse. Choose from willow, hazel, poplar, holly, or alder.

£10 or more

33 of 100 claimed

£10 Reward

Sponsor a tree in our glade pathways. Using forest garden techniques our glade pathways will be edible, and beautiful. You will have the opportunity to come and plant the tree yourself (if you wish!), name it, and then have your name and the name of the tree, on our interactive map which will show your name as you hover over your tree.

£15 or more

46 of 100 claimed

£15 Reward

Sponsor a tree in our orchard. Our traditional organic Cornish orchard will be our showpiece. You will have the opportunity to come and plant the tree yourself (if you wish!), name it, and then have your name and the name of the tree, on our interactive map which will show your name as you hover over your tree.

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

Early Bird Membership that includes: • 1 free workshop per year • Discount on all other workshops • Invitation to our wassail • Discount on all other events • Discounted produce • Discounted plants and trees • Discount in the café

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Sponsor a family bundle of trees. Sponsor 4 trees in our woodland copse and come and plant them with the kids!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Orchard package 1 - - Sponsor a woodland copse tree - Learn how to plant the tree (including aftercare) - Get a free Cornish apple tree (with instruction booklet)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Membership that includes: • 1 free workshop per year • Discount on all other workshops • Invitation to our wassail • Discount on all other events • Discounted produce • Discounted plants and trees • Discount in the café

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Choose a workshop from: • Cob building • Wildlife habitat creation • Building homes for wildlife • Organic growing • Forest gardening

£80 or more

£80 Reward

Family workshop of your choice, choose from: • Cob building • Wildlife habitat creation • Building homes for wildlife • Organic growing • Forest gardening

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Bronze Business Marketing - - Social media mention - Website supporters page

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Family membership: • 1 free family workshop per year • Discount on all other workshops • Invitation to our wassail • Discount on all other events • Discounted produce • Discounted plants and trees • Discount in the café

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Orchard Package 2 - - Sponsor an orchard tree - Free how to make cider workshop - Free Cornish cider apple tree (with instruction booklet)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Orchard family package - - Sponsor a family tree bundle - Come and plant the tree and learn about orchard planting and aftercare - Get a free Cornish apple tree (with instruction booklet) - Get a free bird box for your home

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Orchard package 4 - - Sponsor an orchard tree - Free how to make cider workshop - Free Cornish cider apple tree (with instruction booklet) - Membership for the first two years - Get a free bird box for your home

£225 or more

£225 Reward

Silver Business Marketing - - 5 tons of carbon offsetting - Workshop sponsorship - Newsletter advert - Logo on selected promotional material - Plus bronze marketing

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward

Two day campervan hire courtesy of Cornwall Camper Company, plus a two year membership

£350 or more

£350 Reward

Gold Business Marketing - 10 tons of carbon offsetting - Press release - Blog post - Plus silver and bronze

£600 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£600 Reward

Willow Copse Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 15 tons of carbon offsetting

£600 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£600 Reward

Hazel Copse Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 15 tons of carbon offsetting

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£600 Reward

Polytunnel Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 15 tons of carbon offsetting

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Sensory Garden Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 25 tons of carbon offsetting

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Amphitheatre Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 25 tons of carbon offsetting

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Pippin Orchard Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 50 tons of carbon offsetting

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Giliflower Orchard Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 50 tons of carbon offsetting

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Duke of Cornwall Orchard Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 50 tons of carbon offsetting

£2,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Building (and events arena) Sponsor - Be one of our main site sponsors Includes: - Gold marketing - 50 tons of carbon offsetting


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