Our Community Orchards

We currently have three Community Orchards in Salisbury:

Fisherton Recreation Ground   

Bishopdown

Lower Bemerton

For further information about our orchards and the varieties of fruit trees at these sites, please click here.



Apple Day 2014:

....will take place on Sunday 19 October from 10am - 12.30pm at the Community Orchard, Fisherton.  Come join in the fun for all the family.  Click here to find out more.

Apple Day 2013:

Last year's Apple Day, held on Sunday 20 October at  the Community Orchard, Fisherton, was a great success with around 60 people joining in the fun in juicing apples, tasting a wide range of British fruit, making colourful felt toffee apples, and being entertained by the wonderful Mrs Apples.

           British apple tasting                         Apple juicing with WIltshire Wildlife Trust         Chopping apples ready for juicing

British Apple TastingApple juicing with Wiltshire Wildlife TrustChopping apples reading for juicing

                    

                   Entertainment from Mrs Apples

Entertainment from Mrs Apples

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun with Apples:

Apple Quiz

Apple Quiz answers

Apple Word Search

Orchard Word Puzzle

Orchard Word Puzzle answers


Facts about Apples:

Pruning Notes

Apple Pests and Diseases

Make an Insect Home

Maintaining A Healthy Orchard

 

Recipes for Apples:

Apple Magic Recipes, Apple and Celeriac Soup, Rollmop, Apple, and Potato Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple, Shallots, Olives and Feta, John Dory with Cider, Apples and Cream, Apple Bread, Parsnip and Apple Cake, Baked Apple and Almond Pudding, Pommes Au Beurre, La Tarte Aux Pommes, Apple and Amaretti Tart, Apple, Orange and Apricot Crumble, Apple Pavlova
 

Useful links about Apples:

Brogdale

Home of the National Fruit Collection, suppliers of expert advice and the original trees for our Orchards

Triscombe Nurseries

Suppliers of additional trees in our Orchards

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

We are proud to haved worked with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and their Food Champions Programme.

Orange Pippin

Visit this site for extensive lists and descriptions of apples

Common Ground

An environmental and arts organisation with lots of information on apples and Community Orchards

 

 

 

 

Smiles all round for new Community Orchard

Children from the Bemerton St John Primary School joined Salisbury City Council’s Parks team to plant a brand new Community Orchard in Lower Bemerton last week.

The orchard is the third planted by Salisbury City Council – and is part of a new Wiltshire Wildlife Trust initiative to plant more orchards in Wiltshire.

 “We’re thrilled that the Wildlife Trust has included us in this project” said Parks Assistant Polly Mason. “Our plan was already to add orchards and fruit trees across the city – so to work with the Wildlife Trust and be offered the trees for free as part of the new initiative was perfect!”

“When I knew the trees were ready, I spoke to the school next door and they arranged for their Eco Group to help us plant the trees” added Polly. “Andy & Russell taught the children how to plant the trees and now they can’t wait to help us look after the orchard in the future’.

Funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund, The Big Tree Plant and the Wildlife Trust’s Winter Appeal, the fifteen apple trees in the orchard are all Wiltshire varieties, including Corsley Pippin, Bedwyn Beauty and Chorister Boy (a variety introduced by Keynes, Williams and Co, of Salisbury, in 1890). Barter’s Nursery in Chapmanslade grew the trees specifically for this project, making it a unique space for the city and the county.

“I’m so pleased with everything” said Polly after the last of the trees had been planted. “We’re hoping that residents and visitors will appreciate the change – the trees certainly look good and they’ll be brilliant for increasing habitats for wildlife too. Then in the future this will be a great source of fresh Wiltshire apples for everyone, as well as a brilliant learning tool for the school’.

For more information on this and the other community orchards in Salisbury please contact Salisbury City Council on 01722 342860 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also visit www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk to find a full list of the varieties of apple planted.

For more information on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Food Champions Project and other orchards in Wiltshire please ring 01380 736080 or visit www.wiltshirewildlife.org/green-living/food-champions

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