An orchard is a collection of fruit and nut trees, often planted amongst grass and wild flowers.
A community orchard can be found in a number of places including parks, schools, hospitals and housing estates. They're looked after by people of the local area.
We've created 12 community orchards across Stockport. Our long term aim is to develop a community orchard within every ward area and for them to become a facility for the local community.
Our aims for 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. For example; plays, picnics or fetes
- encourage opportunities for learning new skills. For eample; 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. For example; Apple Day on 21 October, May Day, wassailing
- promote the health benefits of eating and trying new fruits
- encourage people to plant fruit trees in their own gardens
Our 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'd like to help us maintain an 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mirlees Field Community Orchard is on private land but has open access to all for free fruit.