The aim of the 'Scattered Orchard' project is to plant 5 traditional varieties of fruit or nut tree in Parishes in the AONB. Suffolk and Essex once had many traditional orchards, but these are now disappearing from the landscape. Planting small groups of traditional fruit or nut trees on publicly accessible land means people can benefit. People can enjoy the blossom in the spring and eat the fruit/nuts in the autumn. The trees will not only provide habitats for a variety of wildlife, they will also bring people together for a community project which will be there for future generations to enjoy.
In 2016 further funds are available from the Galloper Wind Farm Fund (GWFF) to repeat or expand the project in the following Parishes and Towns (sites to be within in a 5km radius from Sizewell - map available) - Leiston, Theberton, Knodishall, Thorpeness, Aldringham, and Eastbridge.
All you need to be involved is a suitable piece of land on which to plant 5 or more fruit or nut trees, such as a recreational or community wildspace, village hall/school grounds, allotment, cemetery or village green. We will consult with the Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group regarding suitable tree varieties for your location. If needed, we will undertake site visits with you to assess the suitability of your site and work with you to plant the trees in late autumn/winter 2016.
If you would like to know more, would like to be involved or know of a potential site for tree planting please contact:
Neil Lister, Countryside Officer, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB