Don’t forget that it is open to everyone to pick and enjoy the Chipping Norton Community Orchard fruit, which includes, at the last count, apples, pears, plums, quinces, gooseberries, currants, rasberries, tay berries and honeyberries (pictured) These are the fruit of a form of honeysuckle, and can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies. Like blueberries they are high in antioxidants and vitamin C.
It is easy to know when fruit is ready to pick – just look for the “pick me now” notices which are hung on trees and bushes when fruit is ripe enough.
In future, a similar “free to pick” opportunity, though on a smaller scale, will be available at the town Health Centre, where Green Gym is developing an area for soft and top fruit.
For more information, and directions to the Orchard, click on the links on the Work Sites drop-down menu.