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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

Campbelltown Community Orchard MapThe Campbelltown Community Orchard, located in the North West corner and edge of Thorndon Park in Paradise, has been created by local people working in close partnership with the City of Campbelltown.  The Council currently looks after the community orchard with the support of volunteers. We are working towards a self-sustaining model where the orchard is run entirely by the community with Council support as needed. 

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. 

The mural on the Thorndon Park Reservoir pump house which is located in the Community Orchard reflects on the past and celebrates the future of food production in Campbelltown. The council worked with members of the Campbelltown Community Orchard to contribute themes and information to be incorporated into the mural, painted by artist Melanie Spurling.

Community 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-12pm. Volunteers and Council staff are on hand to welcome you and provide guidance on what needs doing on the day. You don’t have to stay for the whole session and are welcome to bring family and friends. 

2018 Working bee dates:

  • 14 January
  • 11 February
  • 11 March 
  • 8 April
  • 12 May (Please note: Saturday due to Sunday 13th being Mother's Day)
  • 17 June (Please note: Third Sunday of the month due to Monday 11th being a Public Holiday)
  • 8 July
  • 12 August
  • 9 September
  • 14 October
  • 11 November
  • 9 December

Campbelltown Community Orchard 1 Campbelltown Community Orchard 3 Orchard Mural 2017

For more information or 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.

If you would like more information about getting involved contact Sophie on 8366 9303 or email skavoukis@campbelltown.sa.gov.au

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