Topic: Kaputone Community Orchard
This is a community run orchard situated at 581 Marshland Road.
Kaputone Community Orchard is a beautiful old orchard in Marshlands, now owned by the Christchurch City Council and cared for by volunteers.
It takes its name from the Kaputone Stream, a tributary of the Styx River, which runs alongside the orchard. Over 200 heritage varieties of mainly apples, pears with some stone fruit. Extensive grafting of further heritage fruit has been done over the last two years.
There is abundent wildlife, eg. pukeko, a resident hawk, bellbird and even a plover.
Part of the former Sunley orchard, the land was acquired by the City council some years ago and offered to a group of volunteers to care for. It is part of the Edible Christchurch movement and the Christchurch Food Resliance network.
The council is currently developing a walkway along the stream wiht extensive native planting which will be open to thepublic.
The orchard welcomes anyone interested in growing fruit, preserving heritage varieties, planting food forests, growing local food, or just like eating delicious spray-free fruit.. The orchard holds regular festivals, e.g. plum blossom, apple harvest. See www.facebook.com/KaputoneOrchard for information on events etc.