We are constantly reviewing our activities in response to the coronavirus outbreak, taking sensible actions to protect the health and safety of our members, volunteers and members of the public.
We have already cancelled our Annual General Meeting and it's highly probable that our other forthcoming events will similarly need to be postponed or cancelled. Please refer to the Events page of this website,and to social media, for the latest details.
We have reviewed our working arrangements for our regular Friday morning volunteer sessions, and Wednesday afternoon mowing sessions, and these will not be run for the foreseeable future.
Please note that the sites that we own at Colwall Village Garden and at Lugg's Mill - both in Old Church Road, Colwall - are still very much open. We would encourage you to continue to visit the sites to enjoy the flora and fauna and to get some very welcome fresh air and exercise but please maintain safe and appropriate distancing from other people.
Spring is in the air and the sites are definitely starting to come back into life with frog spawn in the pond at Colwall Village Garden, billowing blossom appearing in the orchard trees and hedgerows, and daffodils in cheery bloom.
COVID – 19 Advice to Colwall Allotment Association Tenants
We understand that, at the moment, it is still permitted to visit your plot, on your own or with someone you share a house with. This is to take daily exercise. Government guidance says that you must minimise the time you spend away from home.
It is vitally important that you follow advice about social distancing and hygiene and that you do not to gather together on site.
Any plot holder who is self-isolating because they or a household member is unwell with Covid-19 symptoms must not visit the site.
To adhere to Government guidance you must follow these rules:
1. Maintain a minimum distance of 2-3 metres between yourself and others working on the site. Do not gather for a chat.
2. Do not share tools. This includes wheelbarrows and watering cans.
3. Wear gloves to open gates.
4. Use hand gel before and after touching any surfaces or equipment on the site. Soap has been provided at the outside sink close to the large metal water tank – do not use water from the water butts. There is hand sanitiser in the toilet.
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or concerns (including the need for help on your plot) please contact the Secretary by email email@example.com
We continue to be exceptionally grateful for the support of our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters during these challenging times and hope that you stay safe and well.
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or concerns regarding Colwall Orchard Group please contact us in the normal way via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This section last updated: 27th March 2020.
Welcome to the Colwall Orchard Group website.
Orchards form an important part of the landscape within and surrounding the village of Colwall, in Herefordshire.
They are places where people and nature exist in harmony - indeed a mutually supportive relationship. Magical places to delight and uplift the spirit throughout the seasons.
For many years Colwall was a productive centre for the growing, harvesting and processing of fruit. Whilst the economics of orchards have changed we continue to explore ways to sustain this wonderful part of our nature heritage.
We want orchards to remain an important part of the Colwall landscape bringing benefits for people and nature.
Thank you for visiting our website which we hope that you'll enjoy. We'd love to have your feedback so please feel free to email us, or better still come to visit us in Colwall.
Colwall Orchard Trust Ltd, known as Colwall Orchard Group, is a company limited by guarantee and a charity.
We are located in the village of Colwall, close to the Malvern Hills on the Herefordshire - Worcestershire border.
Inspired by the Common Ground movement Colwall Orchard Group was founded in 2011.
Since that time we have grown as an organisation and we now have a Board of Trustees and over one hundred members who act as volunteers working to put our ideas into practice.
Colwall Orchard Group exists to restore, promote and celebrate traditional orchards.
We do this by
practical management of new and veteran orchards; through regular social events, activities and education sessions;
by processing and selling our orchard produce;
by providing consultancy services to others; by researching our local orchard heritage.