Holywood’s First Community Orchard Created

Tuesday 28th November 2023

Students from local primary schools worked with members of the Holywood Shared Town community group to kickstart this year’s National Tree Week (25 Nov – 3 Dec) by planting Holywood’s first community orchard.

Volunteers came together to create Holywood's first community orchard

Located at what is known locally as the old allotments, near Holywood Rugby Club, students from five local schools put their green fingers to the test to help create a new orchard in the town.

As part of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s commitment to successfully implement the Tree and Woodland Strategy, Council Officers aim to identify three locations across the Borough every year for a new orchard.

Once the Holywood site was identified as a prime location, Officers supported members of Holywood Shared Town and students from Priory Integrated College, Holywood Primary School, Glencraig Integrated Primary School, Sullivan Upper School and Holywood Steiner School to bring the new community orchard to fruition.

The Deputy Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Hannah Irwin, said:

“I am delighted to see the creation of Holywood’s first community orchard. Community orchards are an excellent place for people to come together. They provide a space for celebrations as well as being a source of food, and can also be used as an educational resource for local schools, community groups and the wider public. Orchards encourage healthy eating and outdoor activities that improve wellbeing while making our towns, villages and neighbourhoods more pleasant places to live. I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful new orchard in Holywood.”

For more information about Ards and North Down Borough Council’s STAND4TREES initiative, visit the STAND4TREES page.