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New Community Orchard receives C100 funding

5 November 2014

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Urban Biodiversity CIC received £3,000 funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation’s business arm towards the early development of the Newquay Community Orchard. C100 members Geoff Baker, Regional Manager of Natural Retreats, and Andrew Bunney, Training and Business Development Manager from Nursefinders Ltd, visited the site in Newquay.

Urban Biodiversity CIC have formed a partnership with The Duchy of Cornwall, Cornwall Food Foundation and Cornwall College in order to formulate an overall food strategy for Cornwall, looking at the long term sustainability of land use, urban development, and agricultural development. As part of this the development of Newquay Community Orchard forms the pilot basis for the community lead projects within urban areas.

The project, Newquay Community Orchard has been designed to provide residents with a rural escape in an urban setting.  The site will provide educational resources to local schools, offer apprenticeships to those suffering high deprivation, and provide a safe and stimulating environment for mental health service users and the isolated elderly population schemes, thus allowing greater interaction with the community and promotion of social inclusion.

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Luke Berkeley, Managing Director of Newquay Community Orchard, said "We are extremely grateful for the funding received from the C100 Club. It allows us to take the first steps on site and start delivering a vital community project to Newquay and its surrounding areas."

The orchard site covers 7 acres and has been donated by the Duchy of Cornwall.  The site is split into a 4 acre traditional Cornish orchard, a 1.5 acre community growing space (allotments), a sensory garden and an events space with amphitheatres and a community building consisting of a classroom and café.  The site will be interspersed with peaceful seating areas, wildlife microhabitats, ecological structures and living structures.

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Andrew Bunney, Training and Business Development Manager of Nursefinders Ltd, said “I was very excited to visit such an innovative CIC such as Urban Biodiversity, through C100.  The shared enthusiasm to bring the local community together whilst encouraging them to source locally grown food and show them how to grow their own is amazing.  A unique project connecting people in Cornwall with their land….well done!!”

Geoff Baker, Regional Manager of Natural Retreats, said “At all our Natural Retreat holiday destinations we encourage our guests to embrace and enjoy the natural elements of the area they are staying in and it was really encouraging to see how the Urban Biodiversity project is there to enhance the environment and how it will all be for the benefit of the local community. As a representative of the Cornwall 100 Club I was very pleased to be able to present the cheque, which is clearly going to help to get this very ambitious project under way.”

Eight groups were awarded a total of £14,171 by the C100 Club grant panel in October.

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