Sheffield -Our Orchard City
Grow Sheffield and Abundance have always had a vision of our city with enough fruit to harvest and eat for any resident in their own community. Over the years Abundance has harvested many tonnes of fruit and distributed it to folk across the city who might otherwise not have access to free fresh fruit, and many an apple crumble has been served up by volunteers at Lunch Clubs, using Abundance harvested apples!
A few years ago we decided to ‘go into production’ with fruit trees grafted at our grafting workshops, and now we have a thriving operation – Sheffield Fruit Trees supplying unique apple, pear, plum, cherry, damson, quince trees to the public, community gardens, schools and Friends of Sheffield’s parks, using any surplus funds to support our Tree and Abundance projects.
We are pleased and proud that in 2017 we are able to work towards our vision by planting 4 small orchards in Westfield, Nether Edge, Longley and Bradfield and a larger one in Wybourn. This project is in conjunction with the local communities and with the encouragement and advice from the Council’s Woodlands Team and financial support from Trees for Cities.
Here’s the time table of events – come and join us and help increase Sheffield’s Abundance in the future!
Saturday 11th February – 2 – 4.30pm to celebrate the Tu Bishvat – Jewish New Year of Trees. Join us with Sheffield and District Reform Jewish Congregation planting a mini apple orchard in Nether Edge. For further details contact Sara Moon – sara(at)shef-ref.co.uk or call 0114 400 0054. Also check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1809688982614228/
Saturday 25th February – 11.30 am – 3pm Planting 30 trees as part of a new community orchard and recreational space on a disused area on Maltravers Terrace Wybourn Estate S2. This exciting project is in conjunction with Great Places Housing Association. We shall be serving jacket potatoes and hot drinks at the Community Corner House 333 Manor Oaks Road S2
Date and details tba – developing a wild life space with prunus trees – Westfield Community S20 – in conjunction with Westfield Community Group.
Date and details tba – small apple orchard planting at Dungworth Bradfield Primary school.
Date and details tba –developing the fruit growing at LEAF (Local Enterprise Around Food) Herries Rd Longley Sheffield S5 7JB
For further details contact Vanessa on vanessa.senger.gs(at)gmail.com