Three Open Orchards in Skerries – and growing!

On Friday and Saturday, local residents and people from all over Skerries came together to plant more fruit trees in Mourne View and at the pedestrian lights and the Ballast Pit.

So now we have three open orchards in Skerries, with some three dozen trees in total!

If you’d like to join us in the Skerries Open Orchards Project (aka SkOOP), please do – see the bottom of the Open Orchards page on the Sustainable Skerries website for a form.

Over the next six months or so, we will be mainly doing our best so that the young trees are thriving.

We will also work on the text and design for some signage we hope to be putting up in the near future.

That way, everyone will know why the trees are there, and that the fruit, once fully ripe, is for all to enjoy.

In the planting season 2022/23, we hope to start more open orchards. Let us know if you’d like some in your area. We will send information out to all neighbourhood groups registered on the Skerries Community Association’s Neighbourhoods Network, too.

For now, here are some pictures from the planting days – thank you to everyone who came out and helped!

We could not have done it without the two dozen volunteers who came and helped – and especially not without the gentle instruction and guidance and advice from Dominica McKevitt, the Ardgillan head gardener whose help is such a great asset to our group.

Ballast Pit Planting Pics

  • Images by Sabine McKenna, Hans Zomer (1), Kristina Davies-Barrett (2)

Mourne View Planting Pics

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