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Campbelltown Community Orchard

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What is a community orchard?

A community orchard is an orchard that is not for profit and is being cared for by a community of people.  Residents are invited to harvest and share the produce through regular community working bees and other activities. It provides a way to share knowledge and horticultural skills and inspire us to think about growing our own food.  We know that the joining together of residents to care for this community asset can increase community connections and well-being.

The Campbelltown Community Orchard

The community orchard has been created by local people working in close partnership with the City of Campbelltown.  It is managed and cared for by the Friends of Campbelltown Community Orchard.  They are a group of Council volunteers who are interested in community food growing and are involved with helping to promote and look after the orchard.  The Friends organise projects and activities such as training, spraying, pruning, enhancing the surroundings and social events.

Planted at the orchard are a variety of fruit and nut trees, including: loquats, macadamia, mandarins, nectarines, persimmons, plums, pistachio, avocado, apricots, pomegranate, figs, peaches, sapote, mulberry, quince, apples, kaffir lime, oranges, pears, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, cherries.  Understorey planting of pumpkin and zucchini is also planned to occur in the next 12 months.

Volunteers needed

We rely on volunteers as we do not have any paid staff. So we really appreciate all the help we can get – your involvement is what keeps this project going. If you would like to get involved there are many opportunities for supporting the orchard (not necessarily physical work) having fun, learning more and improving your skills along the way.

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Working Bees

Why not turn up to one of our regular working bees and see what goes on.  Working bees are run on the second Sunday of the month 10am-12.  The session will be run by a volunteer so you will have as much guidance as you need.  If you would like to help to maintain the site or volunteer for any activities, please contact Helen on 0430 818776.  You don’t have to stay for the whole session.  Working bee dates for 2017 are listed here:

  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 3 (Christmas picnic at the orchard)
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