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AWESOME APPLES: Volunteers needed for thriving community orchard projects

 Published on: 14th March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Chorleywood Community Orchard and Chorleywood Cider Club is looking for new volunteers to join their groups, as they continue to go from strength to strength.

The Community Orchard was set up in 2008 in the grounds of Chorleywood House, with 140 apple, plum and cherry trees, many of which are grow rare Hertfordshire-based varieties of the fruits.

Chorleywood used to be filled with fruit trees, but from the start of the 20th century many of these were ploughed up or lost to the wild. The community orchard was created to try and reverse that trend, keeping local apple varieties such as the Brownlees Russet and the Bushey Grove alive for new generations.

The Cider Club uses the apples grown from the orchard (amongst others) to brew local special ‘Old Hoody Cider’, with juices, jams and chutneys also being made. Volunteers helping to keep the trees well maintained, making the produce and selling it at local events.

Upcoming events where items from the orchard will be sold include May’s Rickmansworth Festival, Chorleywood Village Day on July 9, and Chorleywood Classic & Supercar Show on July 19, areas where the groups are keen for new volunteers.

There will also be an open day at the orchard on Monday, April 18, called Apple Blossom Day. Anyone can come along and enjoy the spoils of harvest with a picnic under the trees from 2pm to 5pm.

For anyone interesting in volunteering regardless of skill, please contact Kathleen Waller on 07821 800057 or by emailing at

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