For an introduction to traditional orchards and the charitable work of Colwall Orchard Group (COG) please view our video below.
In 2021 we celebrated 10 years of our creation and use of our flagship site - Colwall Village Garden.
Please watch our short video to get a flavour of what we have achieved...
From a bare field of 6.5 acres, over a period of 10 years, we've created a community hub with a restored apple packing shed, traditional orchard, and over 60 allotment plots to rent.
We've been busy planting a mixture of orchard fruit and nut trees at the two sites that we own and have in excess of 350 specimens all which will grow to become large traditional orchard trees.
The beautiful Lugg's Mill orchard - a site with veteran native trees and a lovely stream is now home to apple and cherry orchards and an orchard wildflower meadow.
Our volunteers have been busy planting lots of native hedgerow plants - to provide food, shelter and a home to countless birds, insects and other animals.
We've worked in partnership with the local community - here children from a local school. To educate, to share skills and to have fun!
We've created over 2 acres of orchard wildflower meadows and have showcased our land in the hope and expectation that others will emulate us.
We couldn't function without our volunteers and now have our 200 members of our group. Our sincere thanks to all who help and support us.
We have many members skilled at producing delicious food and we revel in the delights of home made produce - fruit juice, jams, jellies. chutneys and honey.
From Wassail to Apple Day, from Mistletoe Fair to Blossom Picnic we love to get together, to socialise and celebrate all things orchardy!
Colwall has a rich and well-documented history of commercial fruit growing. We've delved into the past to find out more about our orchard heritage and published an orchard heritage trail leaflet.
We love to use our wonderful sites as a venue for other activities. Here Colwall Village Garden hosts an exhibition as part of h.Art - a countywide celebration of local artists.
From harvesting fruit, to pruning or planting trees we've helped numerous local landowners with practical orchard work. In doing so we've helped to keep traditional orchards as a feature of our local area.