Velvet Community Orchard

This amazing space can be found at Witton Lakes where, behind a large red brick wall lies a beautiful urban orchard and garden, with everything from mature fruit trees, vegetables, flowers and herbs.  This wonderful space began life in 2009 thanks to funding from Velvet Toilet Tissue and with lots of hard work from the Friends of Witton Lakes, the site has been transformed from a storage area for the Parks Department to the impressive space it is today.

In Spring and Summer there’s always something really tasty ready to pick – with regular deliveries to local Food Banks.

 

Orchard Tea Room

When you’re at Witton Lakes and fancy a warm drink and slice of cake, then come into our Orchard Tea Room.  The Tea Room can be found at the Velvet Community Orchard, just inside the green gates near to the dividing path between the two lakes.

The opening times for the Orchard Tea Room are:

 

  • Monday’s: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday’s: 10am – 1pm.

 

If you’re in the area, pop in and say hello.

 

Friends Of Witton Lakes

The Friends of Witton Lakes do a wonderful job looking after the park, organising events such as the very popular Wyrley Festival Of Fun and Open Days at the Velvet Community Orchard. One of their projects is Duckling Watch, where residents patrol the site to educate park users on the wildfowl and how to protect them. Local schools often send pupils to these activities to learn about the wildfowl at the lakes.

This really is an excellent opportunity to get involved and help protect and enhance the local environment.  For more information call Linda on 07960 386252 or email Linda.Hines@wittonlodge.org.uk

The group also have an excellent Facebook Page, with helpful information, photos, events coming up and much more.