Click to see these leaflets which detail the establishment of the orchard. Our members continue to manage the island with coppicing, pollarding, pruning and harvesting.
Wendy Skinner Smith worked to procure the land into our lease and organised the National Lottery Local food funding. Alsion Campbell then managed the money and Wendy and John Sivell managed the development of the Island orchard from 2009 to 2010. Wendy continues to oversee the orchard with commitee help.
In 2016 many of the trees were found to need stabilising as the tumps had eroded. A programme of maintenance was developed and begun by Rodney Smith, who was co-opted to the committee. The tumps were re-grassed to stabilise them and the covers are gradually being replaced, stakes redone and strimmer guards added to the tree guards. Rodney reports to the committee.
In 2014 Oxford University donated and planted our Castle Mill Orchard. A plan of the planting is available here. The orchard was planted by University Parks team in recognition of the disturbance to members caused by building. Similar protection with strimmer guards is planned here.