Community Orchard & Nature Reserve Community Group

St Ives Community Orchard has been planted for the benefit of the local wildlife and community.
The aim of the project is:

  • to create an area with a variety of different fruit trees and shrubs
  • to enhance biodiversity & provide wildlife habitats
  • to involve the community in looking after the orchard
  • create an area where everyone can enjoy nature, get active, socialise and pick their own fruit **
  • to get the area above the orchard recognised as a nature reserve & looked after as such

It is in a beautiful and tranquil spot at the top of the town with views of the ocean and the moors, right next to the Palemon Best Recreational Park & Skatepark. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the space anytime, take a picnic and eat an apple or two**). We also encourage you to go on walks in the Nature reserve, we’ve created some lovely new circular walks that go up to the top of Penbeagle hill.

** Yes this really is a space where anyone is welcome to eat the fruit from the trees. However please don’t take more than one or two and we prefer than you take windfall apples that fall to the ground so there is enough to go around. We celebrate Apple day in September and it would be nice if we still have apples left over to share for this event.

Volunteers needed: The St Ives Community Orchard is looked after by volunteers who meet there regularly to clear the brambles, bracken and look after the trees. We also organise community events like Apple Day & Wassail. We are always looking for more volunteers to help so if you are at all interested, do come along and have a chat / join in or contact us with any queries.