Whitehill Area, Cambridge UK, CB5 8LT
The ‘Abbey Orchard’ is officially called the Margaret Wright Community Orchard, in memory of our Green Councillor, who was much loved in Council and Community. Previously a derelict site, it was given “Village Green Status", in 2013. The City Council then cleared the site and planted some very special heritage apple trees, like: Red Ellison, St Everard, Jolly Miller (Cottenham 1883), Barnack Beauty, and also (Czar) Plum and Gage Cherry (Alba Heart). These lovely trees provide free fruit to orchard visitors at harvesting times of the year. We have soft fruit bushes too, designated wildlife areas, and the Royal Cambridge Bug Hotel! Trees and green spaces magically relax us in the restful environments that they naturally create.
Here is a beautiful urban green oasis hidden away in the Whitehill area, where people come for a quiet ‘time out’ away from the hustle of urban daily life. Abbey People volunteers have been looking after the ‘Abbey Orchard’ for the past 6 years, holding numerous events for various community groups and national charities et al. It is a much-loved community space, available to all.
Green Space Coordinator
Abbey People Community Group
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