LANGFORD COMMUNITY ORCHARD
Biodiversity, Community, Food
Langford Community Orchard is Bicester’s first community orchard where all are welcome to visit. It is a great place to wander round amongst the trees, flowers and fruit. Enjoy the birdsong and buzzing insects in an oasis away from busy roads and hard pavements.
To provide a community orchard as an organically managed resource for Bicester residents, schools and community groups.
To provide a haven for nature by growing food and creating wildlife habitat.
Orchard history and restoration
The Langford Community Orchard Group (LCOG) was formed in 2011. In 2012, it was given permission by Bicester Town Council to restore and manage the one-acre site which had become overgrown. Clearance and restoration has seen the flourishing of the fruit trees and bushes. In recent years we have created a new orchard bordering a new wildflower meadow, a small bluebell wood and a dead hedge for wildlife habitat.
How to get involved
Our friendly volunteer group meets on the first and third Sunday of the month 10.30am – 12.30pm. No gardening experience needed, guidance and tools are provided, as are refreshments at break time, although please bring your own drink. In partnership with other organisations there is usually the opportunity to learn skills such as pruning, scything, hedge-laying and coppicing.
Each year, on a Sunday afternoon in early to mid-October we hold an Apple Day, a chance to see apple pressing in action and sample freshly pressed apple juice from apples in the orchard and from other local sources.
· Continue to develop our wild flower meadow area
· Restore the former Tree Trail
· Plant more fruit trees
How to find us
The postcode is OX26 6WQ. There is very limited parking in this location. It is 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre and three minutes’ walk from Bicester Village rail station.