Wolvercote Community Orchard - Wolvercote Community Orchard, Saturday 10th September, 11:00 - 16:00

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 11:00 to 16:00
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Wolvercote Community Orchard

Nearly 30 years ago, the Wolvercote Tree Group planted the first apple trees on a disused allotment plot, intending to collect and preserve heritage varieties. Today, we have over 50 varieties which include the magically named Bampton Fairing, Winter Greening, Annual Sweeting, Jennifer Wastie, Peggie’s Pride and Sergeant Peggie. We even have a Wolvercote Wonder.

The orchard is open to the public most of the year, except late summer when apples are ripening. Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors is a special treat! We unlock the gate again on Apple Day, usually the first Sunday in October, inviting all-comers to experience the diversity of flavour that is missing from our supermarket shelves. We use the occasion to explain about the role of insect pollinators and wildflowers in the ecosystems that sustain the apple crop and how climate change is endangering our food supply.

Childrens’ games will let them hunt through the orchard in search of related objects. A reinforced path has made the orchard accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Benches provide safe seating to rest and enjoy the environment.

 

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