Coaley Community Orchard is at Far Green. Planting started in March 2021 so at the moment the orchard is in its early stages. We currently have ten heritage apple and pear trees and plan to plant five more in early 2022.
We are grateful to the CPRE Gloucestershire for a grant towards the cost of the trees. The project funding has come from a Charitable Trust, matched locally by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Network Rail and public donations.
We hope to add seating and other features to make the space a place for the community to enjoy.
The recent frosts don't seem to have done any harm to the trees and they are all showing new growth.
Perry Pear Blossom
The trees are heritage varieties, many of which are local Gloucestershire varieties.
Many fruit trees including apples and pears are grafted on to a rootstock. The variety of rootsock determines the size the tree will grow and may bring other benefits, such as disease or drought resistance.
MM106 grows to 3m to 4m tall.
M26 grows to about 3m tall.
M25 is a large tree of 4m to 5m.
PC is a perry pear rootstock that produces a very tall tree, 6m to 15m high.