Community orchards

An orchard is a collection of fruit and nut trees, these are often planted amongst grass and wild flowers. A community orchard can be found in a variety of places including parks, schools, hospitals and housing estates. They are looked after by people of the local area.

We have provided twelve community orchards within the borough. The long term aim is to develop a community orchard within every ward area. Stockport’s community orchards are intended to become a facility for the local community.

Further aims of the orchards are to:

  • plant and cultivate local and unusual varieties of fruit
  • be open and free for the public to enjoy
  • encourage community involvement and act as a focal point for community activities such as plays, picnics or fetes
  • encourage opportunities for learning new skills like pruning and grafting
  • encourage wildlife to inhabit the area and establish beekeeping
  • act as an open air classroom and educational resource for local schools
  • be used as a meeting place for local events such as Apple Day (21st October)/ May Day/ wassailing
  • promote the health benefits of eating and trying new fruits
  • encourage people to plant fruit trees in their own gardens

The council's community orchards

  • Mersey Vale Nature Park
  • Abney Park
  • Reddish Vale Country Park
  • North Reddish Park
  • Heaton Norris Recreation Ground
  • Hollywood Park
  • Tangshutts & Gotherage Recreation Ground
  • Cuddington Crescent Public Open Space
  • Ladybrook Valley
  • Half Moon Lane Public Open Space
  • Woodbank Park/Woodlands Park
  • Highfield Road Recreation Park

If you would like to help us maintain the orchard or get involved in any way, please let us know. Contact the local friends of group or the Arboriculture team on 0161 217 6111 or email stockportdirect@stockport.gov.uk.

There are also several orchards within the borough on private land which has open access to all for free fruit. These include;

  • Mirlees Field Community Orchard