Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard

The Welland Legacy Park houses a community orchard that is the largest & most diverse in Canada. Together with the Town of View Royal and dozens of volunteers, we are working to create a new model of public park stewardship, protecting and nurturing this local treasure. We provide hands-on education to volunteers who are trained in sustainable food production, fruit tree maintenance and native pollinators, to care for and restore this unique heritage orchard.

Growing Diversity

From our heritage collection we have been selecting, grafting and growing out new trees in our on-site tree nursery, and this year we are excited to announce our first generation of apple trees for sale!

Have you been looking for a special tree that will be unique to you and help create memories of delicious fruit, cider and sauce for years to come? Do you want to help steward and protect the legacy of amazing apples that exist in our region? Do you want your purchase to support food access and food literacy programming in the CRD? We have the trees for you!

For a list of the trees we have for sale this season click here.

Our trees have been grown using only organic inputs, and are free of neonicotinoids and other toxic sprays. We’ll be digging trees late February into March 2018 as bare root trees, so place your orders now to secure the future fruit harvest you desire!

Trees are priced at $40, with all funds being reinvested into our educational programming at the orchard. View Royal residents receive a 25% discount, and community groups are also eligible for significant discounts. Payment due on pick up, in cash or cheque.

We do have a limited selection, so if you see a variety you’re interested in please contact us as soon as possible to express interest. We are also open to discussing custom grafting or scion orders from our entire orchard collection, as our capacity allows. For a complete list of all the varieties that grow at the Welland Community Orchard click here.

Contact welland@lifecyclesproject.ca or call (250) 383 5800 for more information and to place an order!


History

The park was once the backyard of Rex Welland, a well known local conservationist. For over twenty years Rex transformed his yard into a mixed orchard featuring more than 150 fruit trees & vines, and built a collection of 100 varieties of rare heritage apples. Rex was passionate about native bees and took meticulous notes on their habits and life cycles. To ensure the orchard would be used as a public resource Rex placed the land in trust with The Land Conservancy and gifted the property to the Town of View Royal. LifeCycles is humbled to be a part of this legacy. Rex’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication to ecosystem health inspired many, and with the help of our many volunteers we hope to build a public park that fulfills his dream.


Sharing Knowledge

To fulfill our dual mission of stewarding the orchard and educating the public on fruit tree cultivation and care, we share the knowledge of the Orchard in a variety of ways. On the first and third Sundays of every month, from March to October we host volunteer work parties – this is a great way to get involved and get some hands-on experience in growing fruit! We also host free community workshops, covering topics like Pruning, Grafting, Mushroom Growing, Native Pollinators, Cider Making and more.

We are also working diligently to catalogue and disseminate the many varieties of fruit that the Orchard holds. In addition to over 100 heritage apple varieties, we have pears, plums, grapes, kiwis, figs, quince, Asian pear, persimmon, paw paw, medlar, hazelnut, sour cherry, pluot and shipova. In 2016, with the help the BC Fruit Testers Association and some very dedicated volunteers we’ve begun to map and list the varieties. If you have any design or research skills that can help us with this project please get in touch!

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved in this unique community orchard project To stay up to date, you can subscribe to our email list by clicking here, and you can also like & subscribe to our Facebook page to stay on top of upcoming events and check out our photo albums.

Tree Care Apprentices!

This program is for folks who really want to zero in on learning about specific aspects of fruit tree care, such as nutrition, pest & disease management and pruning. These volunteers will be mixing and applying holistic sprays, pruning trees and monitoring diseases & pests according to the season. Apprentices meet 1-2 times per month on a set day during the week (to be determined, based on applicants schedules), and are required to commit for at least a three month period from February to October. For more information about this program & to find application forms, click here.

Drop-in work parties

These are a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Orchard, meet new people, and learn a bit about fruit trees, pollinators or soil building. There's a low commitment level, you can just come when you have a free Sunday. Tasks vary with the season, but generally work parties are family friendly times to come and pitch in on things like mulching, weeding, fruit thinning, or harvest; each time is a little bit different. For more information & upcoming dates, click here.



The park is located at 1215 Stancil Lane, and is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk. We're right on the Galloping Goose, and the 14, 22 and 50 buses have stops within walking distances. Knocken Hill Park is right across from our Burnside Rd W entrance.