PROJECTS

Community Orchard

The Community Orchard is located at the Odell end of the Park. Follow the carved sign just inside the gate along the  grass footpath which passes in front of the houses. Turns sharp right before the arable field. This is the only right of way to the orchard.

The orchard was started in 2010 and was planted by Park staff, volunteers from the Friends and the Probation Service. It is planted with varieties of apple, pear and plum that wee grown in Bedfordshire in the past. The map provides a guide to the planting. An Information Board is currently being designed that will be placed at the entrance to the orchard in due course.

Background article by Richard Dowsett, Park Ranger September 2014 click here
Cropping Record September 2014 click here

Key to Map of Community Orchard

A – Apples            C – Cherry             N – Nuts                M – Medlar          PR – Pear              

PL – Plum              Q - Quince

1

C

Caroon

2

C

Early Rivers

3

PR

Laxton Record

4

PL

Blue Tit

5

PR

Buerre Bedford

6

PL

Olympia

7

 

Tree died/not replaced

8

PL

Laxton's Delight

9

PL

Laxton's Gage

10

C

Morello

11

C

Celeste

12

A

Lord Lambourne

13

A

Nied's Drooper

14

A

Laxton's Exquisite

15

PR

Laxton's Superb

16

PR

Laxton's Satisfaction

17

A

Bedfordshire Foundling

18

PL

Early Laxton

19

A

Laxton's Superb

20

A

Norfolk Beefing

21

N

Hazel

22

N

Marron de Lyon

23

M

Mulberry King James

24

M

Bredase Reus

25

AP

Apricot Alfred

26

Q

Meecher's Prolific

27

N

Marvel

28

PL

Damson Shropshire Prune

29

M

Bredase Reus

30

Pl

Damson Merryweather

31

PL

Greengage

32

C

Alba Heat

33

PR

Old Warden

34

A

Ballard Beauty

35

A

Dess de Buff

36

A

Earl Cowper

37

A

Beauty of Bedford

38

PR

Laxton's Foremost

39

Tree died/not replaced

40

A

Hambling's Seedling

41

A

Laxton's Epicure

42

Tree died/not replaced

50

CL

Carlton Lower School  Apples from Pips Project

Download Key to numbered trees - June 2016 click here

          

 

Bat Project

Started in June 2014, this involved the Bedfordshire Bat Group installing 10 bat boxes in the park. Each has been located in a carefully selected location where disruption will be low and where they do not interfere with our conservation programme. The bat boxes are made of concrette and sawdust and are very durable:

          

Progress Reports

September 2014 - first signs of occupation found in three boxes.

Bee Project

The Friends of the Park started to invest in bee hives around 2011. Currently we have half-shares in ten hives located on the island in Grebe Lake and off site. This is an on-going project that it is hoped that it will turn into a revenue earner.

Bluebell Wood

The Friends of HOCP started planting bluebells in the Shelter Belt in 2012 as the first steps into a 10-year project to create a bluebell wood. So far, two thousand bulbs have been planted butdisappointingly few having grown. Possible reasons are (1) that there is strong competition from cow parsley and (2) mistiming of planting. This is a very labour-intensive project that relies on volunteers to undertake back-breaking work. It has been agreed that we will reduce the number of bulbs plantedin 2014/15 and experiment with cutting back the cow parsley in selected areas and planting in other locations.