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The Goods Yard Orchard safeguards valuable space as a year-round biodiversity haven for wildlife and gives opportunities for growing, sharing, lifelong learning and laughing.

Market Gardening and the associated growing of commercial fruit trees in an integral part of Barnes’ history. Did you know that the trees in your own garden may have an important story to tell of their own!

For many years, the land known as The Former Goods Yard, was disputed and degraded (see History in related links). Finally, in 2018, our persistence, determination and community spirit came to fruition and the first trees were planted.

In January 2019, we celebrated with our very first Winter Wassail – a gathering to lighten darker days, to share, make merry, make noise and enjoy a warming mug of Cheer. This is now an annual event and each year we welcome Wassail Master James, Minstrel Joe, Rainbow Crow, and St Mary’s Handbell Ringers – we hope to see you, too!

There is much to do so if you have ideas or an interest, keen or amateur, please get in touch.

Do you have an old fruit tree in your garden? The Wills are interested in recording all the old orchard trees that are a legacy from the market gardens of Barnes. Many of these old trees are vital for local wildlife and it is important that they are recorded and cared for.

We want to create a map of the old orchard trees in private gardens, and we can organise getting your tree DNA tested if you do not know what variety your fruit tree is. This is an important ecological research and social history project and its success depends on collecting as much data as we possibly can – and you can help!

Contact Will if you would like to know more, have an old fruit tree or be involved in any way.

Further Reading & Links

Contamination and Fruit Trees

Contaminated Soil in Gardens

Monitoring and Mitigation of Toxins in Food Crops

Fruit ID – definitive site for all things fruity!

Planting Trees
Roderick spends his 80th birthday helping plant up our orchard!

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