A new orchard has been planted on Yate Common as part of the new cinema-based leisure scheme at Yate Riverside.
The orchard, comprising a variety of 20 fruit trees - apple, pear, cherry, plum and quince - was one of the conditions associated with the Riverside development. An orchard of six trees was cleared to make way for the development and the new orchard replaces the original orchard.
Crestbridge, owners of Yate Shopping Centre and developers of the Yate Riverside scheme, consulted Yate Town Council who, after local consultation, opted for this site.
Andrew Lowrey, Manager of Yate Shopping Centre, which includes Yate Riverside, said: “The planning condition stipulated that we could plant the trees either on the Riverside site or, if not possible, anywhere in the Yate area.
“This seemed the ideal location as there is already a recently planted orchard on the site so this will complement it. In years to come, as the orchard develops it will make the Common an even more attractive area for wildlife and public use.
“Wherever possible we have tried to include local trees hence the Ashmeads Kermal, Beauty of Bath and Blenheim Orange, all of which are eating apple varieties.”
Friends of Yate Common Treasurer, Pat Cotterell said: “It’s good news that we have further trees being planted on the Common as they will bring greater wildlife diversity and break-up the current openness.
“The Common is becoming evermore popular with the public as an area for walking and relaxing. Such investment can only help its long-term attractiveness and public interest. We are very grateful to both the Town Council and Crestbridge for this opportunity.”
The photo shows (Left to right) Andy Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre Manager; Sandra Seymour, Secretary, Friends of Yate Common; Mayor of Yate, Councillor Tony Davis; Pat Cotterell, Treasurer, Friends of Yate Common; Bürgermeister (Mayor) Henning Hesse from Bad Salzdetfurth; Adam Cross from contractors Clarkson & Woods Ecological Consultants
The friends would lke to thank all the volunteers that came to our recent work days and worked hard to clear the small stream.
Yate Common is a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Field.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect outdoor recreational spaces across the UK to create a grassroots legacy from the momentous events of 2012: Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The heraldic plaque, pictured right, is now in place by the entrance.
Visit www.qe2fields.com to read more about the scheme.
The Friends group was formed in 1987 when there was a real threat that the Common would be built on.
The Friends saved the Common, and it is now a safe haven for many species of birds, mammals and insects, and is over 200 acres in size.
Read the blog: yatecommon.blogspot.co.uk.
The aims of the group are to:
We hold regular work days: litter picking, cutting brambles and clearing gateways. Meetings are held quarterly.
Contact Pat Cotterell at for more information.