About Us

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A Little History

The orchard was set up in 2003, the land used to form part of the adjacent allotments. It was originally conveyed to the Council at the end the First World War by Henry Gribble Turner with a restrictive covenant that the land could only be used for food production. Mr Turner was concerned about food shortages and wanted to provide land where local people could grow their own. The land had fallen into disuse for a time before the community orchard was established. The orchard has a strong base of 'friends' in the local community and is run by volunteers. 

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Activities & Achievements

  • We have planted 140 trees, including some very old varieties apples such as Tom Putt, James Grieve, Blenheim Orange and Ribston Pippin to name but a few. There are also damsons, quinces, medlars, plums, pears and hazelnuts.
  • Mixed hedging has been planted between the orchard and allotments.
  • Trees can be planted by anyone in the local community to celebrate an event or remember a loved one, please contact us for further details.
  • Key events in our annual calendar include Apple Day and Wassail, which attracts around 500 people and is led by The Lord of Misrule, with a bonfire, the Big Noise Band and The Mummer's Play performed by Taunton Thespians.

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Become a Friend of The Orchard

By being a Friend you give much needed support and funds to the Community Orchard. Most of our income is from Friends’ subscriptions.

We ask Friends of the Community orchard to pay an annual subscription of £7 per person or £10 for a couple, per calendar year. Subscriptions are usually renewed at or around the time of our Annual General Meeting.

As a Friend you will receive occasional newsletters and updates about the Community Orchard, be invited to our AGM and to other events and activities taking place in the Orchard.

To join, download a friends form, fill it in and send it with your subscription to the address shown.

Thank you for your support.

Useful Documents

Here's a form to download and complete 

if you would like to become a friend of the orchard along with our Constitution and Management Agreement if you want to learn a little more about us.

Events

Sunday 17th November 2019

Tree Planting Day

9am - 12noon

Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Event Details

Sunday 17th November 2019

Tree Planting Day

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO 17TH NOVEMBER (WAS 10TH NOVEMBER)

Our annual tree planting day, if you would like to buy and plant a tree, please contact us.

9am - 12noon

Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Saturday 18th January 2020

Wassail!

5pm - 7pm

Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Event Details

Saturday 18th January 2020

Wassail!

The highlight of the orchard year. Help us wake up the trees to ensure a good Autumn harvest. Music, Theatre, Food, Bonfire. The biggest & best Wassail in Somerset? We think so...

5pm - 7pm

Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Orchard AGM

7pm - 9pm

TBC

Event Details

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Orchard AGM

The year in review

7pm - 9pm

TBC

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions help us to maintain the orchard and support our annual events which are enjoyed by up to 700 local people every year.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Kevin Phillips - Chair

email: phillipk29@hotmail.com

Telephone: 07966 658228

Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

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