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Newquay Community Orchard receives further support from the C100

28 July 2016


Urban Biodiversity CIC received £1,500 from the business club of the Cornwall Community Foundation towards a wood recycling yard and workshop area at Newquay Community Orchard. Cornwall 100 Club members Hilary Dominey from The Seafood Restaurant and Becky Winship from Trevornick Holiday Park visited the project.   

Newquay Community Orchard has been designed to provide residents with a rural escape in an urban setting. 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. The site will provide educational resources to local schools, offer apprenticeships to young people, and provide a safe and stimulating environment for mental health service users and the isolated elderly population.

The £1,500 from the C100 will help the team to construct a wood recycling yard and workshop area. The organisation is passionate about finding ways to re-use wood which is destined for landfill. The workshop will provide volunteers the opportunity to store, process and reuse donated wood in a safe and efficient way.

Luke Berkeley, Managing Director of Newquay Community Orchard, said "Thanks to the CCF and C100 club we are able to develop our wood workshop which provides a vital cog in the broader package we provide for our volunteer, employability and mental health programs. This space is going to help a lot of people and we are really excited about the opportunities it presents for us"

Becky Winship from Trevornick Holiday Park said “Luke and all of the volunteers are doing an amazing job at the community orchard! This is a very exciting project for Newquay and for the county, we here at Trevornick are looking forward what the future holds. A must visit if you haven’t already.”

Since its inception over 8 years ago, the C100 has invested over £200,000 into communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, supporting over 100 local projects. A second round of funding will be available in October, the deadline for application is the 8th of September. http://www.cornwallfoundation.com/assets/images/content/NEWS/Newquay%20Community%20Orchard%202016%201.JPG