New Community Orchard planted by Wiveton Village residents

Wiveton Parish Council and the its residents are transforming a piece of underused land in the centre of Wiveton village into a beautiful community orchard.

The one-acre plot owned by the Parish Council has been informally used by residents over the last 50 years, but had recently become overgrown and in need of regeneration. After a community consultation, the decision was made to invest in developing the land into a space that all residents can enjoy.

Wiveton Councillor Mr Richard Petley and Wiveton resident Steve Beal lead the project, starting with a few working days in January and February to clear the land. Residents of all ages gathered to remove overgrown bushes, cut back the grass and remove rubbish from the land. 


Wiveton Parish council has funded the purchase of 20 fruit trees, including local Norfolk apple varieties, to create an orchard on the newly cleared site. Wildlife conservation was front of mind for the project, with a focus on preserving small areas of brambles and existing hedgerows to support local birds and encourage insects.

Everyone is increasingly aware of the value of time spent outside and with nature, and the space has been designed to allow for community gatherings, as a place for residents to enjoy the views over the Glaven valley, and as a place for the children of the village to come together and play.

Councillor Petley commented; “It’s been great to be involved in the transformation from underused land to a space which all the residents and wildlife can benefit. Well done to everyone in the village and local community who contributed to this project, and who came out in force on the working days to make this happen.”