The Orchard Project

Our Mission

To create new habitats and natural environments within the existing church field for the benefit of the local community and to be a sanctuary for wildlife within the parish. Over the next 3 years we aim to do this by planting approx. 50 trees, including hedging and fruit trees, to create a small wildlife pond, and to build a woodland walk, planting and encouraging the establishment of colonies of snowdrops and bluebells, and both annual and perennial wild flowers. We will engage with the community throughout the life of the project and reach out to those within the parish able and willing to become involved in the design and development of the scheme. 

Our tasks for the coming 12 months


  • Develop outline plans
  • Put up bird boxes we have already
  • Make new bird boxes and put them up
  • Purchase and plant snowdrops 'in the green' x 100 bulbs to plant in Feb/March

To do

  • Purchase and plant bluebells 'in the green' x 100 bulbs to plant in April [March 2022]
  • Make planters (out of old pallets) and half bury them in the ground and sew wild flower seeds in them [May 2022]
  • Clear the path through the woodland and mark it out with woodchip (we have access free woodchip sponsored by Brackendale Tree Care) [June 2022]
  • Prepare ground and plant native hedging plants (Woodland Trust) [Nov 2022-March 2023]
  • Dig pond and lay liner [March 2023]
  • Maintain the cleared area by regular cutting [Ongoing]

Would you like to help?

If you'd like to help us with this project, please contact the office at or phone 01483 563173.

Or, just turn up to one of our volunteer mornings. Meet us near the metal shed half way down the field between 10.00am and 12.30pm on Saturday mornings on:

  • March 26th