Adopt an Orchard Tree

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Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree– Martin Luther King Jr.

 

In 2017, we started planting apple trees to form a linear orchard along the river Suir of edible trees. The original trees were sponsored by local businesses and Clonmel Tidy Towns. But in 2018, we opened the scheme to the general public and we have now planted over 200 trees in eight locations along the river, recreating the historic orchards of Clonmel via individual and family sponsorship, bringing joy and solace to many.

After 5 years of steady planting, we have decided to press ‘pause’ on our beloved ‘Adopt an Orchard Tree’ scheme: 200 trees apple trees later, with a mix of cookers, eaters and crabs, it has been wonderful to witness the delight and gratitude of so many people over the years and to receive such warm positive feedback. We will now take the time out to watch the trees bud, bloom and grow and enjoy the pleasure they give to all those walking along the Blueway from the Convent Bridge, via Greenane, Denis Burke Park to the Galloping Fields below Dunnes Stores.

Whether you were celebrating a special event, a beloved person far away or remembering a loved one, planting a tree is a special way to make a dedication whilst contributing to Clonmel’s public realm and improving the habitat of bees, insects and birds. Each tree has a durable plaque with name dedication with the apple variety inscribed upon it. you can view the location of the trees on the  Clonmel Tidy Town website here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1iHel_TGZl71pe656k0PiIWXFFvxd-jNx&ll=52.35107817518052%2C-7.698023215665981&z=16

While we no longer run the adopt an orchard tree scheme, we will continue to care and maintain the trees by regularly visiting all of the sites, checking on tree ties and stakes and mulching around the trees as needed; we welcome any donations toward the upkeep of the trees. For inquiries drop us an email at clonmelapplefest@gmail.com and we will get back to you promptly.

“Truly delighted to discover our tree in Clonmel. I can’t wait to come visit it again. Very special and thank you.” – Patsy Prior, tree sponsor.

As a frequent user of the Blueway, I’d like to commend the Applefest team for taking the initiative on this project, it’s a wonderful addition to the town” – Marian Thomas, tree sponsor