This Orchard is managed and maintained by Oakley Parish Council and volunteers from the village for the benefit of residents.
The fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, gages, cherries and quince) were planted by residents and school children together with the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, in February 2011.
The trees are old traditional varieties many of which were bred by Laxton Brothers, a very well respected company which was based in Bedford many years ago.
One of the oldest varieties in the Orchard is the “Warden Pear” discovered in the village of Old Warden just south of Bedford.
It is thought to date back to before 1600.
More information on the varieties of trees planted can be downloaded from here.
Details of community activities taking place at the Orchard will be published in the village Newsletter, on this Website and on village Notice Boards.
If you’re interested in helping with the Orchard please contact the “Clerk to the Parish Council” on 01234 82 48 52
The Parish Council is very grateful to the following local organisations for sponsoring the cost of the fruit trees and other support:
Lincroft Middle School Oakley Pre-School
Oakley Brownies Oakley Rural Day Care Centre
Oakley Gardening Club Oakley Motorcycle Club
Oakley Lower School Oakley W.I.
V E Parrott Oakley Youth Club
White’s Lawnmowers & Garden Machinery
Further funding was obtained from profits made by the “Oakley Village Directory” produced by the Parish Council and volunteer residents