November 2017 – Royal Horticultural Society, East Midlands in Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” Award

In July 2017 judges from the East Midlands in Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards came and visited our orchard. They were absolutely bowled over at the transformation that had taken place since the orchard development work began. We chatted with the judges and told the story of the orchard and the things that had taken place within it up to that point, together with sharing our ethos of sustainability and community building, and they were highly impressed. Having written down lots of information during the hour they were with us, we then had to wait until the “In Bloom” judging was completed, which took until November 2017.

Two representatives of the group travelled together with another two reps from another community group in Mansfield all the way to Newark town hall for the awards ceremony. Lots of cake and coffee / tea was consumed, together with listening to the stories of other groups who had also won awards.

We were astounded to receive a “Level 5 – Outstanding” award which we did not expect to receive as we were first time entrants and didn’t realise at the time of entry that there were any criteria to meet for the judging (how embarrassing, but we’re aware of them now thankfully).

This is the second award we’ve received recently and we look forward to more as we develop the work of the orchard within the community. Thanks to the judges for their encouragement and kind words which they shared about the work we’ve been up to.

July 2017 – Greenwood Community Forest Award

In July 2017, Pleasley Community Orchard was nominated by Mansfield District Council for a Greenwood Community Forest Award. Greenwood recognised all the hard work which has gone into the Orchard and the Friends group were awarded the “Team Endeavour Award”.

For more information about Greenwood Community Forest, please visit here.

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