Eynsham as Orchard is a vision to recreate the villages of Eynsham and Cassington as fruit growing areas – making better use of existing fruit and berries and planting apple and other fruit trees on land within the villages for
local people to use and enjoy.
We have planted fruit and nut trees around the villages where there is public access so in future years they will be available for “public scrumping”. We have now planted 28 trees around Eynsham; 16 of them are Eynsham varieties. We are learning to prune, graft and care for our trees. We hope the small orchards will demonstrate the benefits of eating locally grown seasonal fruit and will encourage the sharing of surplus crops.
We are planting and grafting some of Eynsham’s old apple varieties, celebrating our past as a successful apple growing area and increasing biodiversity.
There are lots of trees where the fruit goes to waste. We are also mapping where people can access and pick wild fruit and berries and nuts – as well as foraging for leaves. The map of Eynsham as Orchard lives in The Market Garden shop in Mill Street- another good reason to go in!
Our annual fruit festival in Sept/October is a fun event with cycle powered smoothies, juicing, games and lots of food and recipes to share. Our expert from Waterperry Gardens is always busy identifying varies that people bring from their gardens – we know of over 30 apples grown in our neighbourhood. Our popular Apple Share is now a regular feature with wheelbarrows arriving laden with fruit to give away.
The map below shows the historical precedent for the orchard project- this is how the village looked in 1885: