Margaret Wright orchard in the autumn

I took a friend to see how the orchard is doing and take some photos. It’s being looked after. There was freshly cut grass in the compost, and the leftover apples got tidied up.

Margaret wright orchard October 2018

Margaret Wright orchard Abbey apple trees

There are some unused beds, without much soil and mostly overgrown. I’ve cleared up one to plant winter wheat. I’ve asked my friend to thresh the grain – I’m not sure if it actually helps, maybe putting it in the ground with the husks is actually better!  – and I’ve weeded the bed, and brought lots of compost in. I’ve filled up the bottom of the bed with stuff – twigs first, then some fresh compost that I didn’t have to dig, then the good compost with soil on top.

Then we’ve sowed the seeds in two rows.


Margaret Wright Community Orchard


This orchard was planted in 2013 in honour of local Councillor Margaret Wright. Abbey People took over the management of the site in 2014, and are developing a community gardening project based at the site.

Abbey People, in collaboration with Growing Spaces, are planning to manage the site using the principles of Forest Gardening, developing the site for wildlife and local residents to enjoy.

If you would like to be involved, please contact for more information.