Ein Berllan – Our Orchard

Over the summer months, I’ll be working on site at the land adjacent to Cardiff’s Llandough Hospital; my blog will document the mapping, researching, documenting and art work made in and from that environment. My aim is to engage staff, visitors and residents in dialogue about the exciting Ein Berllan – Our Orchard project.

IMG_3199.JPGCardiff and Vale University Health Board is developing Ein Berllan – Our Orchard to bring to life the vision of a community orchard to the fields surrounding the hospital site. This innovative project which is believed to be the first of its kind at a hospital site in the UK. The goal is to establish an ecological community health park which aims to benefit wildlife, plants and people through positive human environment interaction.

The Orchard will benefit patients, staff, visitors and the wider community and will be funded entirely through donations made to the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity. It will be a semi-natural planted area which has been set aside for the protection of plants and wildlife. It consists of 7 acres of semi-rural pasture land and woodland which makes up part of the UHL estate. It’s a unique space and it is hoped that it will be a legacy for generations to come. This long term project will be established in phases and the initial phase will commence with the planting of the orchards and a shelter belt which will be completed in around two years.