People who live in or around Headingley in Leeds came together in Spring 2012 to create small community orchards in the area.
The group is informal and anyone interested in supporting the orchard initiative with time, enthusiasm, expertise or money can get involved.
The initiative is supported by Headingley Development Trust, a community-owned agency that works to create a thriving, sustainable neighbourhood.
We want to improve the environment, increase biodiversity, contribute to a low-carbon economy, encourage healthy eating, create a resource for learning (for local schools but also people who want to learn about grafting and fruit growing) and eventually use locally grown fruit productively - and all by planting a few fruit trees and bushes!
Incidentally, thanks to St Chad's Small Grant Fund, we now have a gazebo (4m x 3m) which can be borrowed for community use in the area. We also own a manual apple crusher (but not yet a press) and this can also be borrowed.
There is also - and again, thanks to the St Chad's Small Grant Fund - a large 'eco map' of Headingley and the surrounding area created by the Apple Day group of Headingley Development Trust. This too can be borrowed.
We identify unused or under-used land where fruit trees and bushes can be planted and cared for.
We negotiate with the owners, prepare the ground, and then buy and plant appropriate trees.
There are four plots currently under development.
By the way: We are aware of the fallen trees behind St Chad's Parish Centre. Thanks to everyone who alerted us.