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Perry Moat Community Orchard planted in Birmingham

Last weekend a new community orchard sprung up in Birmingham. We helped the Friends of Perry Hall Park plant the aptly named Perry Moat Community Orchard which is encircled by a moat in Perry Barr, Birmingham.

The moat once surrounded Perry Hall, a stately home dating back to 1576. The hall has long since gone and what remained was a large patch of grass vastly unused except by geese and swans.

The Friends of Perry Hall Park, an active community group since 2008, have been volunteering together to help make the park an attractive and welcoming place to visit. They have planted their new orchard on the old Hall site as a place for the community to come together and enjoy, whilst the growing orchard enhances the biodiversity of the park.

 

Helen, from The Friends of Perry Hall Park said

“We had a great day in the park planting our new orchard, and would like to say a huge thanks to Rob from Helping Britain Blossom and everyone who came along to help, young and old, working together.
We are looking forward to seeing the Perry Moat Community Orchard enhance an unused area of the park and provide a spot for the community to relax, learn and have fun.”

 

Appropriately, the first fruit tree planted on the day was a Perry pear with apple and cherry trees quickly following.
We look forward to seeing the community harvest their fruit in years to come.

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK