Welcome to the Orchard

 

Who we are

Jesmond Community Orchard provides opportunities for growing fruit for the benefit of the general community and fosters community spirit by encouraging local residents to become involved in planning, preparation, planting, cultivation and harvesting of local fruit. Through events and activities it builds up an interest in local food growing, and care for the environment.

As well as enhancing part of St Andrew’s Cemetery, which is within a Conservation Area, and has lost trees over the years, the group provide educational opportunities for local schools. West Jesmond Primary School and Percy Hedley School and College. Both overlook the cemetery and are keen for pupils to get involved.

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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The annual membership of £10.00 per household is voluntary. It will keep you informed of all activities and social events, and make you a custodian of this special place.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the orchard can do so using the contact form on our contact page and we will make the necessary arrangements. Many thanks.

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

Grafting Course 2021

Grafting Course 2021

Despite the current conditions we're determined to provide an opportunity for anyone to graft their own apple trees early next year. We can do this in a flexible way, either with everyone in a hall if that is permitted, or with the theory online and the practical in...

We’re still open.

We’re still open.

Our beautiful orchard is still open and perfect for getting a bit of fresh air in these unusual times. There are many trees and flowers to admire, and if you can't manage to visit, please take a look at our Facebook page where there are plenty of photos to enjoy.

Toffee Apple Ted Trail

Toffee Apple Ted Trail

Despite the rather damp half term weather many children and grown ups enjoyed finding the teddies. We are very grateful to all 27 hosts who gave window space (or in two cases a wall and a garden!) to the cute and sometimes scary characters. A map with the Teddy hiding...

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.