First Trees Planted at the Welland fields Community Orchard in Lubenham | Grace Homes

First Trees Planted at the Welland fields Community Orchard in Lubenham

A recurrent observation made about the Welland Fields development in Lubenham is how much space there is. Not only are the gardens larger than you may expect for new build homes, but there are also two large areas of open space to be enjoyed by local residents and wildlife alike.

One of these open spaces is currently being planted with fruit trees, and over time will mature into a community orchard. The first trees were planted by Lubenham residents, amongst them Diana Cook from the Parish Council and Judith Egan, representing Lubenham Grafters and Growers.

Diana, a long-time resident of this pretty Leicestershire village, told us: “The orchard will be a haven for insects, butterflies and other wildlife, and once the trees are established the orchard will provide a large yield of fruit year after year for decades, requiring little human input, unlike an allotment that needs regular tending in order to be productive.

Many community orchards across the country have had to be established from derelict land by volunteers, but in Lubenham we will have our very own readymade orchard thanks to Grace Homes. We are sure residents will be looking forward to some mouth-watering fruit pies, crumbles and preserves and we hope that the village youngsters will pop in on their way to or from school to pick a juicy piece of fruit for their lunch or tea.”

Both Diana and Judith helped to select the fruit trees that are to be planted. Judith shared the background behind some of the varieties that have been chosen: “We welcomed the idea of having an orchard with a range of fruit trees that would be harvested at different times of the season. The trees that are to be planted will provide fruit for over six months of the year, from the cherries and mulberries in July, through to the early autumn picking of dessert apples and pears, to the late-season fruit that can be stored for cooking at Christmas time or even well after.

We have chosen the Martin Custard apple tree and the Dumelow’s seedling as these have been grafted in Lubenham at one of the Grafter and Growers workshops. All the fruit trees have been chosen for their good reputation and being heritage varieties.”

The final mouth-watering list of fruit trees planted is:

Apples: Dumelows seedling, Barnack Orange, Prince Charles, Martins Custard Apple

Pears: Doyenne du Comice, William

Plums: Czar, Old Greengage, Jubilee

There will also be a Black Oliver cherry tree and a Black Mulberry tree.

The community orchard is just one of many reasons why this small development of new homes in Lubenham is so unique. Find out more about Welland Fields in Lubenham here. Read more about the Grafters and Growers here.

A recurrent observation made about the Welland Fields development in Lubenham is how much space there is. Not only are the gardens larger than you may expect for new build homes, but there are also two large areas of open space to be enjoyed by local residents and wildlife alike.

One of these open spaces is currently being planted with fruit trees, and over time will mature into a community orchard. The first trees were planted by Lubenham residents, amongst them Diana Cook from the Parish Council and Judith Egan, representing Lubenham Grafters and Growers.

Diana, a long-time resident of this pretty Leicestershire village, told us: “The orchard will be a haven for insects, butterflies and other wildlife, and once the trees are established the orchard will provide a large yield of fruit year after year for decades, requiring little human input, unlike an allotment that needs regular tending in order to be productive.

Many community orchards across the country have had to be established from derelict land by volunteers, but in Lubenham we will have our very own readymade orchard thanks to Grace Homes. We are sure residents will be looking forward to some mouth-watering fruit pies, crumbles and preserves and we hope that the village youngsters will pop in on their way to or from school to pick a juicy piece of fruit for their lunch or tea.”

Both Diana and Judith helped to select the fruit trees that are to be planted. Judith shared the background behind some of the varieties that have been chosen: “We welcomed the idea of having an orchard with a range of fruit trees that would be harvested at different times of the season. The trees that are to be planted will provide fruit for over six months of the year, from the cherries and mulberries in July, through to the early autumn picking of dessert apples and pears, to the late-season fruit that can be stored for cooking at Christmas time or even well after.

We have chosen the Martin Custard apple tree and the Dumelow’s seedling as these have been grafted in Lubenham at one of the Grafter and Growers workshops. All the fruit trees have been chosen for their good reputation and being heritage varieties.”

The final mouth-watering list of fruit trees planted is:

Apples: Dumelows seedling, Barnack Orange, Prince Charles, Martins Custard Apple

Pears: Doyenne du Comice, William

Plums: Czar, Old Greengage, Jubilee

There will also be a Black Oliver cherry tree and a Black Mulberry tree.

The community orchard is just one of many reasons why this small development of new homes in Lubenham is so unique. Find out more about Welland Fields in Lubenham here. Read more about the Grafters and Growers here.

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