Volunteers needed at Copnor community orchard
Â by TRACEY JONES, fromÂ Stacey Community Orchard, CopnorÂ The Stacey Community Orchard is part of the Stacey Community Centre. It's a very special yearÂ because in August we will be celebrating five decades since the centre first opened itsÂ doors.Â
It's aÂ thriving community centre with lots going on, including the Copnor Mens'Â Shed project, The CommunityÂ Cycling Centre, a nature nursery, lots of weekly activities, and the beautiful community orchard.
TheÂ orchard started in 2009 and we now have a variety of fruit treesÂ including apple, pear, plum, peach andÂ cherry.
We also have different fruit bushes such asÂ black, white and redcurrants, gooseberries and lotsÂ of herbs and wildflowers.
It'sÂ a wonderful place for both people and wildlife and anyone is welcome toÂ visit and look around.
We also have events in the orchard andÂ run activities for schoolchildren, if any schools are interestedÂ then please get in touch.Â The school sessions can include sowing and planting, mini beast hunt and plantÂ identification.
If any other groups would like to visit then the community gardener can show peopleÂ around and provide an activity if required.
We have a volunteer group which meets every Wednesday morning between 10am and 1pm and weÂ would love to have more volunteers help us look after the orchard.
Gardening is known to be very helpfulÂ for physical and mental wellbeing and the community orchard is a peaceful and quiet oasisÂ amongÂ the hustle and bustle of city life.
Some of the tasks involved in looking after the orchard includeÂ watering, weeding, trimming, pruning, grass cutting, planting and general tidying up.
The volunteerÂ session is very flexible and people can choose their hours.Â
We are a very friendly group of people and supply all tools,Â gloves, tea andÂ biscuits!Â You don't needÂ any gardening experience.
If you'reÂ interested inÂ volunteering or for any other information call (023) 9261 7890 or pop intoÂ the centre on Walsall Road.