Volunteers Needed For Community Orchard Day

Transition Scilly are looking for volunteers this Sunday to help them look after the Community Orchard at Trenoweth.

Lisa Magill from the group said they’re having a Community Orchard Day and they need people to help them with routine maintenance work such as mowing and weeding.

She’s also looking for a petrol mower or strimmer that they can borrow for the day.

Transition Scilly is keen to find ways to produce more food locally, reducing the islands’ carbon footprint.

The orchard was set up by them three years ago as a way to reintroduce as many fruit trees as possible to islands, since so many orchards have been lost over the years.

The orchard contains mainly apple trees, including the local Scilly Pearl variety, as well as cherry, chestnut, quince and plum trees.

Lisa says there is still room on the site for a few more trees but they can only expand if they can find more help.

And even though the trees are still young, they’re producing fruit. This was used in last year’s harvest festival at a specially organised apple-pressing event.

Lisa says the trees are also in bloom at the moment and looking very pretty.

The group has a core of about 10 people who help out but Lisa said they would welcome more people, especially families.

Anyone who wants to get involved this Sunday or can lend a mower should contact Lisa on 07725 895312.