Did you know there were 7,500 different types of apples?

image2A variety of local people made the Parkinson’s Park Apple Day a very enjoyable event on Saturday; celebrating their harvest, playing traditional games and taking part in the Apple Quiz.

Eleven year old Daniel wrote -“Yesterday was really fun. I loved it and can’t wait for next year. It was much more popular than I expected and next hopefully next year there will be even more people. Apple bobbing was a real hit even though it was freezing cold (I thought it was any way). The apple pressing was great and the children loved it. I can’t believe how many apples were brought along. I had my Fitbit on and it went on almost 45 mins longer. The people who came along were fabulous and helped a lot. the weather was brill and it only started raining at the end. Maybe it knew the Parkinson’s Park apple day was on!

img_1288Holly Ramsden from The Conservation Volunteers brought along an Apple Press and worked tirelessly all morning to produce a lovely juice.  The press was loaned and advice given on the use by Leeds Urban Harvest and The Orchard Project – we’d like to thank them.

Oonagh the Marshmallowist, based in Town Gate Guiseley, donated 50 pieces of Caramilised Apple and Cinnamon Marshmallows, that proved a huge hit.

Several folk agreed to donate via Localgiving to Grow your tenner, that’s still open if you want to donate to us, though match funding will run out very soon…

Friends of Parkinsons Park Orchard

20160922_154802_1477490674519There are a number of apple and other fruit trees that have been planted around the Park.  In 2015 FOPP planted a community orchard down near the Greenshaw Terrace gate.  Johanna Brooks gave out the following information on the orchard.

An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Five trees as a minimum means the orchard would ‘qualify’ as an orchard under the current habitat definition.

When:A selection of fruit trees was planted in the park in February 2015 by local volunteers. The trees were bare rooted rather than in containers. This means they were cheaper to purchase and they also required less watering in the early months.

Where:The location of the orchard is in the south western corner of the park. This was chosen as it gets a good amount of sunshine, it is not too shady and is on a gentle slope so it will drain adequately.   The trees were bought from Redhills nursery in Leeds, which is owned by Leeds City council.

What: Twelve different varieties of fruit trees were chosen to provide a good diversity of species.  These comprise:

Apples                                                 Pears                           Plums

2 Bramleys Seedlings                          1 Concorde                  1 Jubilee

2 Discovery                                         1 Conference  `           1 Laxton’s Cropper

2 Red Devils                                        1 Invincible

1 Egremont Russet

1 James Grieve

1 Lord Derby

1 Ribston Pippin 

How: Large holes were dug which the roots of the trees could fit into without being damaged. They were then back filled and the trees heeled in firmly. A stake was attached to each tree to support it and a mulch mat put around the base to suppress weed growth.  They were then given a good watering.

The Future: The trees are still young but are already producing fruit.  The long-term aim is to provide the local community with a regular supply of fruit.  We hope to extend the orchard and increase the number and diversity of fruit trees and shrubs over the coming years. If you would like further information or get involved with work in the park please contact us on parkinsonspark@gmail.com




About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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