Donate a tree
We welcome donations or sponsorship to buy one or more trees for the community orchard. For anyone considering a tree as a memorial or marker of something or someone, please note that it is not possible to dedicate any one tree, or mark it with a plaque. This is because of the need to maintain the natural environment and ‘feel’ of Ludwell Valley Park for the benefit of all visitors and wildlife alike. Using this approach, Ludwell Life is able to make the best use of any dedicated donations you are kind enough to give.
Anyone donating a tree to the orchard will be able to place a message on the special webpage on the Ludwell Life website, with their message / dedication, and will also receive a certificate of the donation and if wishes, the reason for it, from Ludwell Life.
To cover the costs of buying and planting a tree for our orchard, (with essential tree guard), costs £225. We welcome donations for any amount towards a tree and encourage you to think about a joint tree purchase across members of a family, a social group, business or organisation.
Donate towards a bench
Whilst there is agreement that we need seating within the community orchard, agreeing on what kind of seating has been an interesting discussion. We have talked to Devon Wildlife Trust (who are due to take over the long term management of Ludwell Valley Park sometime this year) and Exeter City Council, the present managers.
The agreement we have reached is that within the orchard field itself, because of issues relating to the grazing cows in some months, and to maintain the most natural feel possible, benches of the kind shown here are ideal. These are very attractive worked logs, with an example of a local bird or creature on each end and some words if wanted. We would like to see two or three of these installed – but we need to raise money to do that. Each of these benches costs around £1000 to buy and install; (they have to be anchored down to stop them being stolen unfortunately).
We hope that you – members of the public and perhaps businesses from Pynes Hill, whose staff use the park for their breaks and after work, will help us to fundraise for some of these really beautiful benches.
If you are interested in making a donation towards a bench or to buy or sponsor a whole bench, please note that if you want to have a plaque on the bench, this can only contain information relating to the person or company making the donation and a date. No other wording or dedications can be accepted. If you donate money for a bench for the community orchard, you can get acknowledgement on the Ludwell Life website and a certificate.
Donating a bench for new seating area
We have also agreed, with Devon Wildlife Trust and Exeter City Council, that a new seating area with ‘rustic’ benches is going to be created right by the orchard.
This is a longer term project because we need to clear a large area of heavy undergrowth, by hand, without chemicals, and get all the roots out. This work can’t start until We will be this autumn, once the nesting season is over, and we expect to spend the spring and summer of 2019 continuing to clear and dig up the roots, making sure that the new seating area stays easy to maintain. We will be fundraising for benches for this seating area in the near future – watch this space. In the meantime, if you would like to help create seating within the orchard, see the feature above this.
If you would like to make a donation to support any other improvement projects across Ludwell Valley Park, you can make them through Ludwell Life. Or if you would like to sign up to become a Friend of Ludwell Life, go here