Who are we and what do we do?

Colwall Orchard Group (COG) is a volunteer community group that supports people and nature.

We were set up in 2007 to restore, promote and celebrate traditional orchards and in the early days we did a lot of surveys and research. In 2011 we managed to acquire land to create a community orchard with allotments, now known as Colwall Village Garden, on Old Church Road. More recently we purchased land at Lugg’s Mill, just a bit further down the road, and have planted this as an orchard as well.

Both Colwall Village Garden and Lugg’s Mill are open to visitors and are easily accessed via Colwall's public footpath system.

COG is registered as a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We have a small team of voluntary Trustees who run the charity and we are supported by over 200 members, of which a roughly a quarter volunteer to help with practical land management tasks, to make produce to sell and to run our events. In total we estimate that nearly 7,000 volunteer hours are contributed each year! Other COG members, and the local community, provide valuable support through paying an annual membership fee, purchasing our produce and by coming along to events.

Here is a taster of some of the things we get up to:

We are funded by our membership, sales of juice and preserves, tree dedications, allotment rent and from grants.

We hope this gives a little taster of what we’re all about – for more information please visit our website at colwallorchardgroup.org. Here you’ll find news of what we’ve been doing, along with details of all upcoming events, and information about how to buy our produce and how to get involved.

If you want to become a member for £6 a year, to support us and to keep in touch, please contact us at members@colwallorchardgroup.org.

If you want to get more involved we have many opportunities to volunteer ranging from fund raising and making grant applications, to helping to run our seasonal events, and coordinating our jam and chutney production from harvest to sales. We also run regular practical volunteering sessions every Friday morning from 10am to 1pm. For more details contact us at members@colwallorchardgroup.org.

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