Blooming Orchards



Orchards have played an important role in East Anglian communities for many centuries, providing a focal point for gatherings and a source of local customs, as well as a place where people and nature successfully work together to create abundant harvests.

Along the way, many customs and traditions have developed, linking people to place and heritage. Although many orchards have been destroyed there has recently been a renaissance in community orchards as people rediscover the benefits and pleasures of growing fresh fruit from trees.

Blooming Orchards

This movement will be explored and celebrated at an event, aptly called Orchards! Which takes place on Thursday 4th October at The Cut in Halesworth. The half-day event features a presentation by Dr Tom Williamson of the University of East Anglia about Orchards East, a new environmental and cultural project to record, conserve and create orchards in the east of England.

The collaborative project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, works with existing county orchard groups, other interested organisations and orchard owners, to stimulate interest and engage a wide range of new volunteers in all things orchard.

Apple Blossom Bungay Camera Club

There will also be a presentation about St James Village Orchard, in Suffolk, with photographs of it taken by members of Bungay Camera Club and by visually impaired photographers linked to Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind. Plus a short burst of fruity-themed songs by Halesworth Community Choir led by Janet Koralambe, and free tasting of apple juice from St James Village Orchard.

This is the first of a series of Waveney & Blyth Arts bi-monthly events called Thrilling Thursdays which run from 10.30am to 1pm. Tickets are £12 from The Cut or call the box office on 0300 3033 211 Tuesday- Saturday 11am- 2pm. 

For further information contact Nicky Stainton on 07747 620386 or [email protected]