The Spring Orchard Project has two main aims-
To revitalise an area of the Cannington Community Orchard to improve access, augment the environment, develop the looks of the area, increase use of the Orchard as a whole and describe the Recovery journey, challenges and triumphs of those experiencing mental distress.
To provide the opportunity for twelve people with mental health problems, from diverse backgrounds and locations across Sedgemoor to benefit from Seed of Hope. Participants also have the opportunity to gain a City and Guilds Level one qualification in practical horticultural skills.
What we will do-
Clear the overgrown areas to allow access to the wooded area and to provide views of Cannington Brook and the Quantocks hills.
Plant to enhance the environment both visually and for wildlife. Providing colour, interest,scent, food and habitat throughout the seasons.
Landscape to provide an accessible pathway through the wooded area.Explain the journey, triumphs and challenges of the Recovery journey of those who experience mental health problems, using art and installations to illustrate.
The orchard with proposed path shown by dotted red line.
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Cannington Community Orchard
Is a public space owned and maintained by Bridgwater College with the help of Cannington in Bloom.
Its is open for anyone to use 24/7 365. It is designed to provide a natural environment for wildlife as well as producing a variety of fruit. It has several utility areas including a living willow shelter, that enable local people to use the space for functions. It also provides many learning opportunities for students of the college. Cannington brook runs alongside the site.
The area we are going to work on is overgrown in places, to provide wildlife habitats, but this makes it difficult to access. It also provides views of the Quantocks and access to Cannington Brook.
The Orchard, which used to be a nursery area for Cannington college was opened in 2009.
From the college website-
“Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre students, along with local residents, have been busy in recent months transforming a large patch of waste land at the end of a residential cul-de-sac in Cannington into a Community Orchard garden for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The College obtained funding from the SITA Trust, which gives money from the Landfill Tax for environmental projects, and established a group of hard-working volunteers to clear the area and plant many trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs and herbs.
Head of Land-based Studies Jeremy Kerswell explains,
“The Cannington Community Orchard will be open to everyone. A unique pedestrian gate, designed and made by College staff member and local artist, John Elliot, will be open at all times and the produce from the newly planted fruit trees, fruit bushes and herbs will be free for all to enjoy.”
“The planting scheme was designed by Linda Philp of the College’s Horticultural Section in the spirit of a Forest Garden—an agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants, mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest—the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.
How we will spend the money-
We are going to lay a pathway through the wooded area similar to this one.
We also want to add some art to the pathway and will need materials for this.
We will grow, buy and plant a variety of species for colour, scent, medicinal use, environment and habitat. Including our own Seeds of Hope.
We will need some equipment above that which the college can provide.
The main expenditure will be on the materials, plants and equipment needed to compete the work. However we cannot avoid overheads, we will keep them to a minimum though. They include things like Insurance, expenses, and office costs.l