Orchard and Garden Open Day 2011

Apples on the treeThe environment is under pressure. From oil spills to floods and droughts, our natural world needs an independent voice. To make sure Friends of the Earth have enough funds to take on big polluters, South East Essex Friends of the Earth (SEEFoE) hosted an open Orchard and Garden Event at Mount Holly, Downham on 1st October.

The Mount Holly Orchard was planted by a Quaker family in the early 1900’s. It contains apple varieties that were planted in Victorian times. It is one of the few orchards growing original Victorian varieties. A number of the varieties have still not been identified. In the course of the restoration, a new orchard extension has been planted. This extension is entirely made up of additional historic varieties that might be interesting for transitioners and permaculturists as they have long storing capabilities.

The current owners are self-sufficient and have started a small organic Market Garden. We raised £185.50 from the day, which will go to national Friends of the Earth.
Entrance to Mount Holly

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