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Mallard Community Orchard Flourishing

Months of digging

Back in chilly December Acocks Green Village in Bloom team began an ambitious project, to convert a piece of derelict waste ground to an oasis of greenery for the local community to enjoy.

As the theme of Britain in Bloom this year was ‘edible planting’ the idea of an orchard was soon formed.

The Big Dig at Mallard Community Orchard

Despite the cold and drizzle, a successful Big Dig event took place on 16th March in Acocks Green. Volunteers have been digging over this piece of derelict ground since December. The land had been untouched for 50 years and became a local dumping ground for rubbish and litter. After lots of heavy digging work, and getting rid of the couch grass, rubble and rubbish, this forgotten corner of Acocks Green was ready for planting a variety of fruit trees and shrubs.

The Big Dig Day. Planting fruit trees in Acocks Green

The Big Dig Day. Planting fruit trees in Acocks Green

First Dig – Community Orchard in Acocks Green

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It is a widely held belief that through food we can create community!

It has also been said that some of society’s problems are caused by people becoming disconnected from their community.  We have a wonderful scheme in Acocks Green which could address this problem.

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