Lanchester Community Orchard

 A beautiful orchard on the outskirts of Lanchester designed, planted and nurtured by the community for the community.

Past

Lanchester Community Orchard is one of the working groups of the Lanchester Partnership. The Orchard was started in 2011, when a field at the top of Newbiggen Lane was leased for 25 years. A group of enthusiastic Lanchester residents then set about designing, plotting and planting the orchard with the aid of a locally provided grant from the County Durham Community Foundation. The community orchard is maintained and run entirely by the orchard members volunteering their time and skills.

Present

The orchard today is thriving with over 200 fruit trees, fruit bushes and nut trees; providing fruit from April through to October.  It is integrated with the Margery Flatts Allotment Association, with 30 allotments. At its centre a large square social area surrounded by fruit trees trained along fences. This central area provides a meeting place for members and their families. To date events include: wassailing, mindfulness walks, open days, star-gazing, campfires and harvest celebrations. The community orchard and allotment association are closely linked, many people are members of both groups.

Beyond the allotments is a fruit walk, a grassy path that meanders between the fruit trees.  And surrounding the whole field are wonderful views over Lanchester and the parish.

Future

Members have visions of the orchard growing in fruitfulness over the next 5 years, of expanding membership and more community groups coming to enjoy the atmosphere created, the wildlife and the views.

Anyone is welcome to join the orchard, there are so many different ways you can be involved, from a little light pruning to grass cutting, scything and wall building! … all in the company of others who enjoy the outdoors

Membership Details
Full membership entails a commitment to attending work days (as many as is feasible) to reap, plant, weed etc. AND entitles you to a share of the produce, which is now considerable! You are also welcome to all the events put on by the Orchard.
A Friend subscription entitles you to be part of all the events organised by the Orchard plus a proportionate share of the produce. We understand some can’t help with the practical work of the orchard or simply don’t have the time to spare at a weekend, but your support is invaluable to the success of the project.

Yearly subscriptions:

Full membership family – £15.00

Friends of the Orchard  – £6.00

You can download our membership form or contact us via the Orchard website www.lanchesterorchard.org