The Conservation Volunteers

Lithos Road Community Orchard

A community orchard has got to be the best way to turn a neglected and under-utilised green space into a biodiverse, wildlife friendly and carbon mitigating community space that not only provides food and shelter for wildlife but will also feed us and clean our environment for generations to come.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2012 to 12:00 PM, 1 March 2012


Registered Charity in England and Wales (261009)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing




The area is a communal green space on a deprived housing estate which has been misused and neglected. Frequent anti-social behaviour around the open space has created tension and conflict within the community. This is mainly because it's function and use does not currently representative the whole communities needs, and the current soil quality is poor and cannot sustain larger scale planting which has impacted on past planting schemes


The project will solve these contentious issues by involving the community in creating their own space that has already been designed by the people and for the people. The space will be built by the community and managed by young, old and families alike for recreation, learning and to develop a more resilient and cohesive community. The site will be developed to build up the soil level to sustain the new orchard, with every barrow loaded onto site by hand and by the people.