On August 16, TLC staff and volunteers conducted their annual monitoring of one of TLC’s most delicious covenants – the Welland Legacy Park and Community Orchard in View Royal.
Staff and volunteers assisted LifeCycles’ staff member Holly with weeding, moving some leftover lumber from their newly constructed kiwi trellis, and harvesting fruit. Even though it was a sweltering hot day the time flew by and everyone was grateful to get their hands in the soil and reap the rewards.
The orchard, started by the late Rex Welland, has over 200 varieties of fruit including apples, pears, medlars, kiwis, plums and more. One of the unique fruits that can be found at the orchard is the shipova, a cross between a mountain ash tree and a pear tree, which produces a delicious, small, pear-like fruit. As our readers can probably tell, the work party turned into a harvest party and no one was complaining!
LifeCycles management of the site continues to impress and delight all who spend time at the orchard. TLC is very proud to be a part of such a unique and successful project as the Welland orchard – don’t hesitate to visit! Work parties and workshops occur often; you can find out more about the site and how to get involved at WellandLegacyPark.tumblr.com.