Community orchard a-peels for a 'core' of volunteers
Marlborough Community Orchard is a-peeling for a 'core' of volunteers to help with various activities on and around the next Marlborough Apple Day.
The project needs volunteers to help run a number of events – including the exhibition of apple-themed art at the Town Hall – on Apple Day (Sunday, October 14) and also to act as fruit buddies, tending the apple tress that have already been planted.
Marlborough Apple Day is a fundraising event for The Marlborough Community Orchard project, conceived in 2010, with the aim of creating 'a town in an orchard'.
The vision of this scheme is to bring English apple varieties, especially local varieties, back to the attention of the public and to return them to the landscape for all to enjoy.
Thirtyfive saplings have been planted so far and pledges for 91 more have been made. The majority are rare varieties of apple native to Wiltshire that were in danger of dying out.