A new community orchard has been created in Brecks

Ward Councillors and Council rangers

A new community orchard space has been created in Brecks. The area will be a resource that will benefit the local community.

Visitors will be able to come along to the community orchard, gather fruit, take it home, share with neighbours, make a pie, or just grab an apple to eat as they wander around the surrounding woodland. 

John Jackson is the Rotherham Council Ranger who has led on this project. John wanted to create a sense of community, whilst encouraging us all to eat healthily and enjoy the outdoors.

The space has recently come back into Rotherham Council ownership. This provided the perfect opportunity to develop the area. Some sections of the field will remain unplanted to create a more diverse habitat and a large wildflower meadow will also be created.

Here's what John had to say:

Living nearby, I have grown up using the woods and so took a lead on this project from its conception, along with the support of Council colleagues, volunteers and partners from Sheffield Fruit Trees. Various grants have been secured to improve the area too!

Alongside the orchard, meadow and tree planting, a selection of woodland bulbs have been planted by local Beaver, Cub and Scout groups, primary schools and volunteers. Chainsaw carvings have been installed and rustic benches have been put in at various spots, so everyone can fully enjoy the area.

Future plans include installing fencing and improving access, putting in bird and owl boxes and creating a bird feeding area.

Improving our green spaces is a ward priority for your councillors. Recently, Councillors Read and Hoddinott came along to the community orchard to lend a hand. 

John is looking to grow a group of willing volunteers to look after the orchard and surrounding area. If this is something you'd be interested in, please email neighbourhoods@rotherham.gov.uk 

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Published: 24th February 2023