Orchard and Garden Open Day

Mount Holly Orchard and Garden

Charity event in aid of national Friends of the Earth

Saturday, 1st October 2011

2.00 pm –  5.00 pm

Mount Holly
Castledon Road
Downham
CM11 1LH

Mount Holly is on the Southend Victoria Line between Wickford and Billericay Station. From Wickford Station, walk along the Crouch, cycle or share cars (limited parking).

The environment is under pressure. From oil spills to floods and droughts, our natural world needs an independent voice. To make sure Friends of the Earth have enough funds to take on big polluters, South East Essex Friends of the Earth (SEEFoE) are hosting an open Orchard and Garden Open Day at Mount Holly.

The Mount Holly Orchard was planted by a Quaker family in the early 1900s. It contains apple varieties that were planted in Victorian times. It is one of the few orchards growing original Victorian varieties. A number of the varieties have still not been identified. In the course of the restoration, a new orchard extension has been planted. This extension is entirely made up of additional historic varieties that might be interesting for transitioners and permaculturists as they have long storing capabilities.

Everything available can be tried and tasted. There might also be some original Cox apples.

The current owners are self-sufficient and have started a small organic market garden. All proceeds from  produce and brochures sold on the day will go to national Friends of the Earth.

Admission: £2

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