- Food Production
- Community Cohesion
- Heritage Orchard
In the Suffolk coastal town of Southwold Greener Growth worked with The Millennium Foundation to devise a new community asset on a meadow opposite the Sheila Pasket Memorial Hall on Mights Road, the main road into the town. The centre of the meadow is used as an over-flow carpark for the town, primarily in the Summer. As the traffic congestion grows in the town, the carpark needed to be made more permanent. Our project was devised to protect and extend the resources on the rest of the meadow.
During phase one in 2014 we planted 40 heritage orchard trees with the help of several volunteers. The trees were supplied by Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group (STOG).
Ensuring we chose fruit trees that are traditional to the local area, STOG advised us on the varieties of fruit trees available to us, including rarer varieties of plum and apple trees. We planted many fruit trees including Ashmeads Kernel, Ribston Pippin, Shipover, Damson Shropshire Prune, Woodhall, Dunwich Heath & Blenheim Orange.
The heritage orchard will benefit local residents, not only by shielding views of the carpark with nature’s canopy, but also by providing an abundance of fruit for the community.
Local County Councillor Michael Ladd, and four times Southwold Mayor, helped devise the original plan. It was then equally funded by the Southwold Millennium Foundation, of which Michael Ladd is chairman, and Sole Bay Lions, with support from Greener Growth.
Phase two of the plan has begun, including dismantling the old stables on the site which will now become a central space for the diverse group of people that the site is being designed and transformed for.
There will be a stage area with raised beds and pergolas at either end for an outdoor teaching area, plays and Summer concerts, and for growing food & biodiversity. The plan includes wildlife viewing platforms, nature walkways, information boards, a Southwold history site in the World War II bunker, bird, bat and hedgehog boxes and even a visitor’s centre with public loos! This will also provide the local schools with a green classroom.
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