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Thundridge Community Orchard

New-Sign.jpgThe 'Thundridge Community Orchard' known as 'Jean's Orchard' is an orchard project left in trust to the community by local resident Jean Hobbs who sadly passed away in November 2016. The orchard idea was launched in June 2017 by Jean's family after testing the idea with the community and found that it would be a viable and worthwhile exercise. Read more on the about page.
See the calendar for visiting times and the diary for progress reports, photos and videos.

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Thundridge Community Orchard 2017

July-home.jpg Work began in July by volunteers to clear the orchard of shoulder-high nettles, overlong grass, bramble, ivy, nettles, ant nests, mole hills and fallen branches. Some old fruit trees were overgrown and almost overwhelmed by ivy, these took quite a lot of work as the main ivy stems were very thick. Once the bulk of the green rubbish was cleared we had a better idea of what we had in terms of what we had and what was needed to do improve/enhance the orchard. We found a small selection of well established fruit trees (Apple, Cherry, Pear, Plum, Damson and a huge Cob/Hazel) and a couple of Birch trees and a Yew. There is a good selection of shrubs and perennials in a circular border near the summerhouse (needed a bit of TLC). Also a couple of clematis growing on side of garage and trellis by the garage.


Thundridge Community Orchard Awards

Orchard-Awards2.jpg We were very proud to win the 'CPRE Rural Living' award presented 13th October 2018.
The CPRE said: "Thundridge Community Orchard, The Ermine Street site was put in trust by Jean Hobbs who passed away in 2017. Her wish to create an orchard at the end of her garden was fulfilled by Trustees and a team of dedicated volunteers. They have cleared the near derelict site, trimmed existing fruit trees and planted heritage varieties, many of them pledged by donors. The approximately 100 yard square orchard has wild flowers and jams are produced from the fruit and sold. An education and conservation programme for young people is underway. Work continues to log the numerous species, providing insect habitats and bird nesting boxes. Jean’s orchard has brought together people who might otherwise never have met in the same village. The orchard is currently open to visitors on certain days but access will be increased".

Orchard Jam

Homemade orchard plum jam for sale from the orchard shop, Jar weight 230grams (8oz), cost £2.50. Come to our last working Saturday morning in December to purchase, see calendar.
An ideal Christmas present!

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Visitor Opening times

March - October
Tuesday, Wednesday and first Saturday of the month: 10.00 -18.00
All other Saturdays: 10.00 - 14.00


November - February
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.00 - 16.00
Saturdays: 10.00 - 14.00

Thundridge Orchard Map

One small step for Jean's orchard, one giant leap for the local community

Jean Hobbs

Jean Hobbs

Read all about Jean and her wish to leave the orchard to community

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Help Needed

Help Needed

We are always looking for lovely locals to help out in the orchard.

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Donate Now

Donate Now

Donate from as lttle as £5.00 to help with upkeep and other stuff.

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Orchard Events

Orchard Events

Orchard events and local gatherings.

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Orchard Galleries

Orchard Galleries

A selection of Image galleries

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Orchard Videos

Orchard Videos

A selection of wildlife videos.

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Bees have arrived

Bees have arrived

We now have a beehive

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Big Thank you

Big Thank you

A special mention to some people that have donated stuff.

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