Community Orchard and Allotments, Lower Wolvercote: opposite The Trout pub
A heartwarming story of a community promoting the good life
In 1934, the land opposite The Trout pub was under threat from development. OPT stepped in and bought it with the support of Philip Leslie Agnew, the publisher of Punch, in memory of his son, Ewan Agnew. This is commemorated in a plaque, by the artist Eric Gill, in the wall. Part was turned into allotments, still used today, and 60 years later the remaining area became a Community Orchard. The orchard was planted by the Wolvercote Tree Group, and today many rare and unusual apples, pears and quinces flourish, many of them local varieties. OPT charge an annual rent of a basket of apples, given at the annual Apple Day at harvest time.