Community Garden Tree Planting 2014Five acres of land for a Community Garden have been donated by Oaklands College to Community Development Action Hertfordshire, a charity which aims to help the local community and promote cohesion.

To help the project get up and running Oaklands College donated 40 fruit trees to establish an orchard on the site. Designed by David Curry, chairman and secretary of the Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative, the orchard contains a number of old and rare apple varieties specific to the Hertfordshire area, including Red Coat Grieve, which was discovered in Letchworth circa 1916.

Recently  a group of Level 2 horticulture students from Oaklands College supported the Community Garden project by planting the trees for the orchard donated by the College. As part of their course, ‘Using Tools in Conservation’, another group of horticulture students from Oaklands College, supplied the project with sustainably sourced hazel stakes from the Oaklands College woodland. These were used to support the newly planted fruit trees in the Community Garden.

Kate Belinis, CEO, CDA Herts said “We are over the moon with the very kind donation of fruit trees and the energy and drive of the students planting them, we are grateful for the continued support from Oaklands College in our endeavour to create a community garden.

If you would like learn more about the Community Garden please ring 01707 695504 or email


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