Fruit orchards were once a common feature of the landscape in Langdon Hills and its surrounding area, often these were planted and cultivated in gardens for personal consumption but others were grown by market gardeners to be sold locally or transported to larger towns. The existence of the orchards enhanced the wellbeing of the residents who depended on them to provide fresh fruit and preserves throughout the year and for some it provided additional income. The orchards were also very beneficial to wildlife, in the spring the blossom provided a rich source of pollen and nectar for insects and later in the year the fruit would help supplement the diet of animals and birds.
Langdon Living Landscape is planning to re-establish an orchard in Dry Street. The site chosen once had a thriving orchard but over many decades it has become overgrown and many trees have perished through age and neglect. The project will concentrate on saving the fruit trees that remain and planting new stock including some traditional Essex and East of England varieties. This project can only happen with the help of volunteers so if you are interested and would like to get involved, please click on the link below, here you will find further information on the project and contact details.