Habitats - The Community Orchard

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Orchard

The different variety of fruit trees provide blossom for pollinators, and as the trees mature the hollows, rot holes and sap and dead wood attract specialist invertebrates that need the veteran tree features to exist. The invertebrates provide essential food for birds. The fruit from the trees feed not only the community but also wildlife.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of an Apple blossom that can be seen in the community orchard at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.
Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a pear blossom that can be seen in the community orchard at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

The Yelvertoft Pocket Park Orchard is a community orchard, which means that the fruit can be harvested by the community. Each tree has been sponsored by a member of the community. The Orchard contains different fruit varieties some are heritage fruit trees.

Apple

  • Worcester Pearmain
  • Laxton Superb
  • Blenheim Orange
  • Ellison Orange
  • Warwickshire Drooper
  • Issac Newton
  • Cox Orange Pippin
  • Dumelow
  • Eadys Magnum
  • Annie Elizabeth
  • Lord Burghley

Pear

  • Conference
  • Beth
  • Concorde¬†

Plum

  • Marjorie seedling
  • Sunburst
  • Victoria

Cherry

  • Stella
  • Lapins

Other fruit varieties have been added such as the slow growing Mulberry. Native wildflowers have been added to the orchard area, which include ragged robin, wild primroses and cowslips, and these will naturally spread across the orchard area.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a Cowslip that can be seen on the ground around Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

Foraging

Foraging for wild food, fruit and material for crafts for personal use is welcome at the Pocket Park, all we ask is that you ensure that there is enough left for the wildlife and the habitats to thrive.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a cherry blossom that can be seen in the community orchard at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

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