Learning Hub Limerick – Adopt an Apple Tree – Limerick’s first city orchard!
The Learning Hub is delighted to be part of an exciting project involving the community in developing Limerick’s first city orchard. This Friday Nov 30th the local community and schools will come together with Munster legends John Hayes and Learning Hub Directors Marcus Horan to plant Limerick’s newest city orchard.
( note to editors –John Hayes and Marcus arrive at 11:30am – 12noon for photos)
Project coordinator Diarmuid Neilan has designed the orchard into a commercial part and a heritage part. The commercial orchard will consist of 225 trees in 10 different varieties with a maximum production of 30-60 kilos of apples per tree by year 5. The heritage orchard will be have 20 native varieties many of which have been brought back from the brink of extinction. The project acts as a test-bed to determine what commercial varieties grow best in the Limerick region with the view to expanding community apple production in the coming years’
Next Friday is an exciting opportunity for lots of local people to get involved in the initial planting by adopting their own apple tree and assigning their family name to it. The hope is that by 2014 the orchard will be producing a first crop of apples and these apples will go towards local food production in the form of co-operative production of juices, fruit and will provide a supply of apples to the local community centres producing meals on wheels and great value meals at local level.
If you are interested in getting involved this Friday please join us at the Learning Hub from 11am to 4pm for planting. It very well may be cold so wrap up warm and bring your wellies! All welcome to participate.
For more information on how to get involved in the orchard please contact Jennifer Moroney-Ward at the Learning Hub on 061 453099 or email email@example.com