Forest Museum hopes orchard effort bears fruit

The B.C. Forest Discovery Centre's 100-year-old heritage orchard is making a comeback, thanks to its new manager Chris Gale.

Gale is tickled to announce the centre's plans to revitalize the original Windeyer Heritage Orchard planted on the property more than 100 years ago and home to a large variety of rare apple trees.

"The orchard has been in disrepair for a number of years mainly due to lack of funding but new manager Chris Gale says it is now time to bring this valuable agricultural gem back to its original beauty and productivity," stated a FDC press release.

"We are very fortunate that well-known gardening guru John Hood has volunteered to spend the next few years bringing the trees back to their past glory.

"The re-introduction of mason bees and the creation of a bee garden will form an integral part of the pollination process and complete the eco-system cycle," the release states.

Local schools will also be invited to take part in this addition to the centre's hands-on educational programs.

"We are offering the students the opportunity to participate in our adopt-a-tree program and watch their tree as it blossoms and produces fruit (30% of the orchard will set aside for schools)."

The orchard revamp also extends an opportunity for community members.

"As always, we look for community engagement to assist with our programs and we think we have found a fun way for you to enjoy the experience," states the release.

For more information on how to donate, call the FDC at 250-715-1113.


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