Temporary Exhibition – The Lost Orchards of Dorking

Dorking Museum and Dorking Community Orchard are proud to present a new Exhibition; The Lost (and Found) Orchards of Dorking. The Exhibition will run from 29th August to 29th December.

Dorking Community Orchard 1

Dorking Community Orchard

The Lost (and Found) Orchards of Dorking looks at the history of fruit trees in Dorking and the surrounding villages.  Throughout Dorking’s history up until the end of the Second World War fruit trees played a vital role in the economy and daily life of the community. People grew fruit for their own consumption or to sell.  Local people also made their own cider.   In the past sixty years the number of orchards in Dorking like the rest of Britain have dramatically diminished adversely affecting biodiversity, the local economy, and sense of community.

Planting New Trees

Planting New Trees

The exhibition examines maps, photos, and personal accounts of orchards both domestic and commercial.  We will look at clusters of trees still existing on the site of old orchards and discuss varieties of apple and other orchard fruits which work particularly well in the area.
We also look at the resurgence of fruit tree growing in Britain and especially Dorking–and discuss why people are growing fruit trees again.  We’ll also have information on how you can participate in this resurgence.
Blossom in May 2013

Blossom in May 2013

We are keen to hear from anyone who has information or personal recollections of orchards or particular fruit trees in Dorking and the villages.  Contact Jane of Dorking Community Orchard at 07546-217-793.  Or visit http://dorkingcommunityorchard.wordpress.com/