Campbelltown Community Orchard
A group of local residents are working together with Council to develop a community orchard which will host a diverse range of useful and edible tree varieties. The first working bee with residents was held in May 2015 where an initial 14 fruit and nut trees were planted. Since then, regular working bees have been held to plant more trees and maintain the site.
A Community Orchard is an orchard that is not being managed for private profit and is cared for by a community of people. Community orchards provide a way to share knowledge and horticultural skills and inspire us to think about growing our own food. Residents are invited to harvest and share the produce through regular community working bees. In parallel with the growth of community gardens, community orchards are becoming an increasingly popular way of improving the local environment and bringing opportunities and benefits to local people. The growth of community orchards is also a response to widespread concerns over issues such as food miles, healthy eating and climate change.
Working bees generally occur once a month on a Sunday. The Orchard islocated at the North West cnr and edge of Thorndon Park, Reservoir Road, Paradise (enter via Reservoir Road Playground Reserve).
To find out when the next working bee is scheduled or to find out more about community gardens in the Campbelltown City Council area, please contact Council's Community Development Officer, Ann Sharley on 8366 9246 or visit www.facebook.com/CampbelltownLocalFoodProjects.