Labour councillors in St Nicholas have identified an off-road area at the top end of the ABC park behind Ely/ Southwark Close which is surrounded by paths and which is very close to the entrance to Wellfield Wood.
We plan on creating a community orchard there with raised plant beds that can be readily accessed and used by disabled and elderly gardeners. There is already a park bench nearby, situated in a natural concave dip which we hope to have designated as a picnic area with a bench and seats. We also want to create a wild flower area that supports biodiversity.
A selection of fruit trees and herbs , and vegetables such as peppers, courgettes , soft fruits and rhubarb could be planted or sown in the beds .
As this is intended to be a community orchard, we are keen to have much input from the general public and potential gardeners as possible. Disabled groups, ethnic diversity groups and anyone with an interest in community gardening and “greening” is welcome to participate.
We are also encouraging input from the young people of the town and have invited the St Nicholas play centre to take part.
Work starts in in early autumn as that the best time to plant the fruit trees so please get in touch before the end of August.
Cllr Sandra Barr
Ward councillor for St . Nicholas