The Heritage Orchard was proposed, planned and planted by Gorey Tidy Town volunteers. It was planted with the assistance of Gorey's Mens Shed group in two phases. Phase 1 was planted in Spring 2012 and Phase 2 was planted this Spring.
The idea behind this project was to give back a piece of their history to the people of Gorey and to preserve rarely seen types of Irish apple tree. Since it's inception as a town, Gorey has always had a number of orchards. Due to research that Gorey Historical Society have undertaken, we know that there was a substantial garden orchard in the grounds of the Rams Hotel. This is now the site of the Fire Station, which is where the Heritage Orchard has been planted.
The Heritage Orchard is a public amenity open to all the community to wander through the trees. it is a wonderful place to relax and watch the wildlife that the orchard attracts. At harvest time, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fruits and to share them through picking, pickling, jamming, stewing, baking and of course eating.
All the trees in the orchard were sourced from the Irish Seed Savers Association and are of traditional varieties that were once plentiful around the country. There are twenty one trees in total, nineteen apple trees and two plum trees as would be typical in many small Irish farms and garden orchards. The position and type of each tree, can be seen on the sign at the front entrance to the orchard, which was brilliantly decorated by the children of Gorey Central National School.
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