Peachy! New orchard planted on common as part of Riverside planning conditions

March 28 2016

A COLLECTION of fruit trees has been planted on Yate Common to create an orchard that replaces one lost to development.

Yate Common

A COLLECTION of fruit trees has been planted on Yate Common to create an orchard that replaces one lost to development.
The 20 trees, consisting of apple, pear, cherry, plum and quince varieties, were required to be planted as a condition of the Yate Riverside scheme.
The retail and restaurant complex, built as an extension to Yate Shopping Centre and centred on a new cinema, was built on land where a small orchard of six trees had to be cleared to make way for the construction work.
Although planners said a replacement orchard was required for the town, it did not have to be at Riverside.
Crestbridge, which owns the shopping centre and developed Yate Riverside, spoke with Yate Town Council and opted to put the trees on the common after local consultation.
Shopping Centre manager Andrew Lowrey said: “The planning condition stipulated that we could plant the trees either on the Riverside site or, if not possible, anywhere in the Yate area.
“The common seemed the ideal location as there is already a recently planted orchard on the site so this will complement it. In years to come, as the orchard develops it will make the common an even more attractive area for wildlife and public use.
“Wherever possible we have tried to include local trees, hence the Ashmeads Kermal, Beauty of Bath and Blenheim Orange, all of which are eating apple varieties.”
Pat Cotterell, treasurer of the Friends of Yate Common, thanked the council and Crestbridge for the trees.
She said: “It’s good news that we have further trees being planted on the common as they will bring greater wildlife diversity and break up the current openness.
“The common is becoming more popular with the public as an area for walking and relaxing. Such investment can only help its long-term attractiveness and public interest.”