Community orchards to be planted across East Lindsey

March 18, 2021

Bearing Fruit is our new community project which will see ten orchards planted across the District. 

Having successfully secured funding through Natural England's Nature Recovery Network Seed Funding programme, we have worked with community groups, parish councils, and Platform Housing (who have contributed towards the funding of the three sites under their ownership) to identify sites for the orchards. 

We took delivery of the trees earlier this month and will now plant them at the following sites: Westgate Fields, Louth (pictured); Belchford; Mawson Gardens*, Wainfleet All Saints; Grainthorpe; North Somercotes; Tower View*, Horsington; WainfleetThe orchard at Westgate Fields St Mary; South Willingham; The Gatherums, Louth and Cromwell Place*, Tattershall (*denotes sites owned by Platform Housing). The orchards will range between 5 and 20 trees.

Within the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan, traditional orchards are identified as a Priority Habitat meaning they are considered under threat and in need of conservation. The orchards planted as part of the Bearing Fruit project will help create new habitats for the future, contributing towards national tree planting targets and carbon capture. Residents will also be encouraged to get involved with managing the orchards and we will be providing training later in the year on how to prune and look after the trees.

Councillor Graham Marsh, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Partnerships, said: "I'm very pleased that these new orchards will soon be in place across East Lindsey. They will provide a huge benefit for our natural environment, enhancing our biodiversity and helping to address the national loss of traditional orchards. They'll also provide a boost to our communities, representing an opportunity for residents to come together, learn new skills, and help care for a much-needed natural resource."