Orchard

Young apple trees in orchard – May 2015
Maps from the nineteenth century show many orchards around Chorleywood. Most have disappeared under buildings, though the names remain such as Orchard Drive, Cherry Tree Lane.

Now a local group, the Chorleywood Community Orchard, together with Three Rivers DC and the Countryside Management Service, is re-creating an orchard in the grounds of Chorleywood House, where the first 24 apple trees were planted in February 2009. There are now 125 fruit trees – apples, damsons, cherries, and crab apples. Not much fruit yet, but some splendid blossom in the spring.
Each year Apple Day is celebrated in the Orchard on the first Saturday in October, so this year’s Apple Day is on 7th Oct 2017. You can join in apple pressing to make juice and many children’s activities, buy apples and cakes and chutney, and enjoy barbecued hot dogs with pork and apple sausages.

The Orchard is situated next to the Lawns Cemetery, entrance through the large iron gate in Lady Ela Drive. New members of the group are welcome – see the Chorleywood Community Orchard website for more information: www.chorleywood-orchard.org.uk.