Bridport Community Orchard grew out of two community initiatives, one in Bridport, to save a field from development and the other, a year long project of The Symondsbury Apple Project which was designed to raise awareness of Dorset’s rich Orchard heritage. The field, in the heart of the town was once priory land and links one of the main shopping streets, South Street, to the river Brit. The new project is to create an orchard of apple trees, a‘cordon hedge’ of heritage varieties, a wall of espalier pears and plums and a small plot of mother trees of local provenance to provide grafting wood for the future. Plans for allotment plots, sitting areas, an outdoor classroom and wildlife areas contribute to making the orchard a truly valuable and sustainable community space.
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