Be Kind to Bees- Orchard Open Day Wednesday 24th June

On the 24th of June we will be holding an event to raise awareness of the importance of wildlife gardening. This event is part of the Bridport Food festival and will include stalls, displays, craft activities and lots of information about the orchard, allotments, bees association, butterfly conservation and our new Schools Bee Garden project.

Be Kind to Bee Day

Wednesday 24th June 10.30-4.30

Bridport Community Orchard

South Street



Progress progress

We now have fences to divide the allotments from orchard and will have plots allocated very soon. Then we hope that our resident photographer will get some great work in progress photos of food growing!

Take a look at his blog and photos  by clicking  ‘ Our March Workday’  link.

The Community Access allotment will be up and running soon and we will be getting plants in the ground the minute we can get in..well maybe not the very first couple of minutes!!

The local schools are getting involved in the Bee Awareness campaign we have devised which aims to create a feast of nectar to help out our bee population this summer. And the diary is filling up already with community events. Keep an eye on the events page and if you can make it we would love to show you around!

Notes from the meeting

Dear everyone We had such a good time on January 17th, and do hope some of you who came then, will want to jon us again. We much look forward to seeing you.


Tuesday March 17th, in the George, South Street. 8pm. An informal evening, with anyone interested, just to chat, see Pete Milson’s photos of planting day, and maybe have a glass or two.

We have been successful in our bid to the Dorset Startegic partnership. for a Grant towards work with Schools, to engage them in the Orchard. Kim Squirrell, the Tree wise Cooperative and the Symondsbury Apple Project will be leading this work, and Kim would love to hear from anyone who

1. Might be available during School time to help run workshops, in either a School or The Orchard

2. Has particular links with a School or playgroup. The activites planned are diverse, to suit all age groups, and a wide range of curriculum room for all skills!

Our new hedge

A 70 metre hedge was planted as a part of the first day of action in the Bridport Community Orchard.  The hedge forms a boundary betweeen the orchard and the allotmenst.  We wanted it to make it work hard for us so it is primarily native traditional hedge plants with extra wildlife friendly fruits and cultivar varieties of edible soft fruits.

We planted: Hawthorn, Blackthorn,  Hazel,  Field Maple , Dog Rose, Guelder Rose, Wild Cherry,  Crab Apple,  Holly,  Rowan,  Raspberry,  Red Currant,  Black Currant. 350 plants in all, in two staggered rows, 20cm apart with plants at 40cm intervals in each row;  that was the theory, but measurements using hand-spans, and other forms of creative interpretation helped to ensure that the hedge itself symbolises the diversity of people in Bridport!

Map of the orchard and plans published soon

The orginal proposal included allotment, wildlife area, cordons, espaliers and sitting areas. We will be working with local a craftspeople and artists to fully integrate Arts into the orchard.

Welcome to our blog

Our Community Orchard project stared in August 2008.  Here we will post news and views form the people who become involved in the project over the next few years.  At present we have a healthy orchard group and the support of over 30 local organisations. Over 300 people attended our Planting and Wassailing Day. Through this blog we would like to share our journey, ideas, successes and failures with you.