Werribee Park Heritage Orchard, situated near Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) is a beautiful antique orchard dating from the 1870s. It was renowned for its peaches, grapes, apples, quinces, pears, a variety of plums and several other fruits, as well as walnuts and olives. Over the past few decades the orchard was forgotten and – through neglect – fell into ruin. Recently this historic treasure was rediscovered and we formed a group to restore it to its former glory.
In partnership with Parks Victoria, our community group was formed in 2010 to look after the orchard. You can read about our history here.
The aims of Werribee Park Heritage Orchard include:
(a) To provide support for and to foster public awareness of the orchard.
(b) To replant the orchard’s stone fruit.
(c) To assist with the preservation and enhancement of the orchard and with special projects selected by the group in consultation with Parks Victoria and other major stakeholders.
(d) To involve people with an interest in the orchard.
(e) To educate and inform the community about the role and values of the Werribee Park Heritage Orchard, including its heritage fruits and its potential as a site for reflection and harmony.
(f) To provide horticultural training to people interested in heritage gardening.
(g) To establish and maintain a public fund to be called the Werribee Park Heritage Orchard Public Fund for the specific purpose of supporting the environmental objectives and purposes of Werribee Park Heritage Orchard.
Volunteers are always welcome!