Clevedon Town Council, owner of the plot of land, had invited Fred Quinney, their volunteer Tree Warden and founding chairman of the Clevedon Woodcutters for Wildlife, to procure and plant cider varieties with a Somerset provenance.
The trees were obtained from Thornhayes Nursery near Cullompton. The early years were plagued by vandalism and a number of trees had to be re-placed.
In 2015 the two groups came to an official agreement to share responsibility for its care – the Woodcutters taking full responsibility for orchard management and Transition for coordinating social events such as wassailing, blossom viewing, apple picking and picnics.
See also our Diary page for entries concerning our work in the Orchard