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.

Location

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

Apple Day 2021

Apple Day 2021

Jesmond's Apple Day is on its way, so mark your diaries for Saturday 16 October! We'll be sending further details soon. We'll be juicing as usual - and as always, would be glad of donations of your surplus apples. We can pick or to collect - or apples can be dropped...

Guided Tours, Sunday 19 September

Guided Tours, Sunday 19 September

We're running guided walks around the cemetery and orchard again this year, as part of Heritage Open Days in September.  There will be two walks on Sunday 19 Sept, at 10.30am and 2.30pm led by John North (City Guide) and Fiona Clarke (Jesmond Community Orchard). If...

Annual report 2020-2021

Welcome to Jesmond Community Orchard’s 12th Annual Report. Fortunately the natural world is impervious to human infection. Many people who have never visited before have valued the Orchard over the past year as an aid to well-being, meeting friends in a safe outdoor...

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.