The orchard is undergoing a 2-year maintenance plan and we are starting by pruning the trees in February 2022 before growth starts in March. Pruning will stop after that date until the end of the growing season.. The aim is to improve the shape of the trees and the cropping of the fruit. We are working under the guidance of two volunteers who are experienced in the field of orchard maintenance and they will be teaching and guiding the volunteers.
For a short while the trees will look a like they have had a radical haircut but that will soon be replaced by healthier growth and better shape. Look out for the Before and After pictures.
The Liquorice Park Orchard contains a variety of different fruit trees, including apple, pear and plum at different stages of growth. See the map below to find details on specific varieties and you can see a photograph of each of the trees in December 2021 at Orchard Trees. To read more about Orchards visit the Woodland Trust webpage.
The orchard is one of our favourite spots in Liquorice Park. It’s a great place to throw a rug down under a tree on a summer’s day and relax. You are welcome to enjoy the fruit when it’s ripe but please do not strip the trees bare. The orchard fruit is for everyone so do leave most of the fruit for others to enjoy.
Liquorice Park is maintained by a small number of volunteers so please help us keep it clean and free of litter by taking your rubbish home and picking up after your dog.