Herefordshire’s rural heritage comes to the Left Bank

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Local rural enterprise, Orchard Origins, creates an orchard in the sky at popular Hereford city venue overlooking the Wye.

Planted in vintage whiskey barrels, a stylish mini orchard of apple trees has been brought into the heart of the city, to a new home at the Left Bank’s courtyard and roof top balconies.

Orchard Origins, who planned and created the orchard, are a social enterprise whose team of volunteers care for orchards, and their wildlife, while improving their own wellbeing. Julia from Orchard Origins commented on the project: “Herefordshire’s a county of orchards and bringing one into the city, with a twist, putting it in pots, has been really satisfying. We hope the customers at the Left Bank will enjoy watching the trees grow and change with the season.

“It’s also been a great experience for the team. Many of our volunteers have experienced mental health issues and their volunteer roles give them a chance to recharge, relax and connect with nature. Often we’re out in the middle of the countryside but this project has meant we can see the great effect nature – in this case a mini-orchard – has on other people too. We had a great response from onlookers as we planted up the trees on site.”

Minette Waring of the Left Bank enthused: “We are thrilled with the trees, they look great! A big thank you to Orchard Origins.”

The project has been kindly funded by Heineken.

For more information about Orchard Origins, their products, services and volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE!