Welcome to the Orchard


Who we are

​Jesmond Community Orchard was established in 2009 as a community project run by local people.

The Orchard
  • is a public space created on previously derelict land,
  • displays different forms of growing fruit trees,
  • works with local schools, including West Jesmond Primary School and Percy Hedley School,
  • runs courses for adults,
  • is a place for community events,
  • is a refuge for wildlife,
  • is a quiet place to relax.
  • enhances part of St Andrew’s Cemetery, which is within a Conservation Area
The orchard is in the North West corner of St Andrew’s Cemetery, hidden behind a natural tree belt, and is open to the public whenever the cemetery is open. There is a paved seating area as well as grass, trees, soft fruit, herbs and a wildlife garden. The Orchard has easy access for those with mobility difficulties, and welcomes everyone.

Jesmond Community Orchard is supported by local individuals and families who come to help with the work.

Membership and Support

Donations Welcome

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You can become a custodian of this special place by making a small donation towards the development and maintenance of the Orchard. Regular information updates are provided (by email) to all subscribers. A suggested minimum donation is £5 per individual or £10 per household, or £25 corporate membership.


Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the orchard can do so by clicking on the button below, which will take you to our contact page, and we will make the necessary arrangements. Many thanks.

Our constitution and our latest annual report are available as downloads. Click on the appropriate buttons below.

How to get involved

Gardening sessions are usually held on Sunday mornings from about 10.30am till 12.30pm at regular intervals throughout the growing season. Please come along and help to maintain the orchard when you can. Dates are given on the News & Events page.

If you prefer to come at other times that suit you better, see the Planting Plan to identify the trees and the List of Things To Do.


The orchard is located in the North West corner of St Andrew’s Cemetery, near a row of fruit trees growing along a cordon structure and through a large metal archway.

Opening times

In accordance with St. Andrew’s Cemetery

March and October
Mon – Fri 8.00am – 5.45pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 4.45pm

April to September
Mon – Fri 8.00am – 6.45pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 4.45pm

November to February
Mon – Fri 8.00am – 6.45pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 4.45pm

On public holidays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Remembrance Sunday the cemetery will open at 10.00am and close at normal times.

Thank you

We would like to especially thank the following – in no particular order – for their support and contributions to the orchard:

Community Foundation
North Jesmond Ward Committee
South Jesmond Ward Committee
Tesco Metro in West Jesmond
Sainsbury’s in Heaton
Waitrose in Jesmond
Linda Ham Garden Design
Northern Counties College
Northumbria Water
West Jesmond Primary School
Groundwork Trust
Newcastle Bereavement Services
Percy Hedley College

Latest news

AGM 2022

AGM 2022

Our Annual General Meeting will take place at Jesmond Library on Tuesday 12 July, 2022, 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. There'll be a review of the past year in the Orchard and ideas for the future plus our new Song for the Orchard. There'll be free refreshments too!  All welcome.

Orchard Open Day, 21 May

Orchard Open Day, 21 May

  As part of Jesmond Community Festival, our annual Open Day takes place this Saturday, 21 May from 1.00 until 4.00 p.m. There'll be crafts and games for all, including pebble painting, bark rubbing, giant bubbles, a nature poetry workshop and, of course, the...

Jesmond Community Orchard: the Movie!

Jesmond Community Orchard: the Movie!

  As part of the Orchard's contribution to Jesmond Community Festival 2022, the premiere of our new film will take place on Thursday 19 May at Jesmond Library, St. George's Terrace, NE2 2DL, 6.00-7.00 p.m. Made by a local film-maker, it shows a year in the life...

This is a Community Project which we can all share and enjoy. It will only work if we use and maintain it. You can get involved any time it is open, at your leisure.

If you prefer to be with others, please watch out for gardening dates announced on the website. These happen regularly during the growing season.

Things you can do.

  • Sit and enjoy the peace and beauty.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Walk around and look at the trees, bushes, herbs and nature.
  • If a tree or plant looks dry, you can water them. There is a tap next to the concrete box. There is usually at least one can next to the tap.
  • Weed around the trees and bushes – try not to damage surface roots. There are small tools in the Black Box (SE corner) to help you.
  • Weed along the wall and fence.
  • Weeds can be put on the compost heaps as at the far end next to the fence. However, “Couch Grass” which has long, white, spear- like roots, should be put on the small brick structure by the wall to dry and die.
  • When the fruit is ripe, feel free to pick and taste it but please leave some for others to enjoy.
  • Tell others to come and enjoy it too.