How to get involved
Volunteers meet weekly on a Friday morning 9.45-12 to work on the orchard. A break is taken over the summer holidays. Entry is via Gate 5 on K Road. New volunteers are always welcome. Please wear closed toe shoes, a pair of glasses, and bring secateurs if you have them. Weekly activities include pruning, grafting, mulching, planting new trees, building frames and putting up netting.
Our next events
10am – 3pm 28th July 2019 Heritage Fruit Tree Festival
10am – 3pm, 9th February 2020 Summer Fruit Tree Festival
Stall Holder Application welcome, please email us.
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!
The Werribee Park Heritage Orchard group would like to thank our sponsors listed below. If you would like to sponsor Werribee Park Heritage Orchard, please email us.