Monday, 19 July 2010

Seacliff revives old orchard

Seacliff revives old orchard

by Paul Smith

The Truby King Reserve's old orchard is about to get a make over with
the Reserve Committee embarking on a new "open orchard" project.

Just a few straggly apple trees are all that remain of what was
possibly a larger orchard planted when the Seacliff Asylum was
operating. All that is due to change with a planting day due to take
place on Saturday 7 August.

Though owned by the Dunedin City Council, the Reserve is co-managed
with the Seacliff community. The Reserve Committee has raised funds
for the project which has also received a grant from the Waikouaiti
Coast Community Board.

Located on the corner of Coast Road and Russell Road, the orchard is
thought to be the site of the Seacliff Hospital's old vegetable
gardens. The orchard design has been provided by Waitati tree expert,
Jason Ross, from Sutherland Nurseries. A range of heritage varieties
will be planted.

The orchard will be cared for by the Seacliff community, but the
Committee is keen to extend an invitation for anyone interested to
come and help out on planting day. A spade, gloves, buckets and
wheelbarrows are recommended as useful items to bring.

The planting day begins at 11.00am. Volunteers should meet at the
corner of Coast and Russell Roads.

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