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POOR CROP: Chorleywood community orchard in need of donations after poor weather

 Published on: 23rd September 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Volunteers from Chorleywood Community Orchard are appealing for help after experiencing a shortage of apples this year.

The orchard, which chairman Kathleen Waller calls “Chorleywood’s best kept secret”, is home to 140 fruit trees tended by a community team.

Maintenance of the orchard is funded by sales of cider and apple juice made from the apples. Interns from local charity Mission EmployAble also turn the apples into chutney for sale in the Café on the Common.

Unfortunately, a deluge of rain and dearth of sun over the summer has deprived the orchard of its usual harvest.

Residents are now being encouraged to help by donating eating or cider apples, as well as to become a friend of the orchard to help them continue their work. Friends will be kept informed of events, working parties and news. A yearly standing order of £20 or more will help to maintain the orchard.

Quarterly working parties are run at the orchard, which usually take place from 10am to 12pm on Fridays or Saturdays and will include jobs such as pruning, weeding, securing stakes and more. Refreshments are provided at the end.

For more information, please send an email to or visit the website at

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