Orchard comes to fruition with woodland path
Residents have been able to pick fruit from the trees at Abbotsbury Way orchard, thanks to a woodland path that we created to access the site.
PCH’s Environmental Services team made a natural woodland path to be used to access the orchard as a shortcut from Abbotsbury Way. It took maintenance teams around a week to transform what was once a steep grassy bank into a natural path that fits the surrounding area.
Consultation took place with local people, who told us what they wanted to see. Heritage apple trees native to the South West, were bought from partner organisation Tamar Grow Local and planted on a piece of previously-unused land to help the environment and promote healthy eating.
Wood chips for the path were transferred and reused from a PCH site in Southway, while wooden planks for the path were donated by JEM Scaffolding. Timber from fallen trees was used to create a habitat to encourage wildlife, spring bulbs and wildflowers were planted, and insect boxes and bird boxes were installed.