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A new orchard on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

In June 2013 twenty fruit trees were planted along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal at Parkend, near Gloucester. The new orchard was made possible thanks to your generous donations.

Planting an orchard Planting an orchard

Over the past two centuries Gloucestershire’s canals have reflected the region’s cider producing heritage, with fruit trees being a common part of the landscape. Sadly the past few decades haven't been kind to the orchards, which have been steadily dying off.

However, thanks to your donations we've been able to reverse this trend and start replenishing these trees. We believe that in our fast paced modern world that it's essential to have spaces like this where we can escape, get back to nature and away from our every day problems.

Thanks to £3,000 of donations from Canal & River Trust supporters, not only could new trees be planted, but existing ones cared for.


Fruit trees have many advantages for the canal. They mature quickly, require little on-going management and support a wide range of wildlife.

Volunteer Jacquie Clements, who had braved the rain and sleet to help plant the trees, said: “It was quite awe-inspiring to think that the trees we planted might still be there in a century's time or even longer and if those pear trees are there in 2313, I like to imagine someone pondering when they were planted and by whom!”