Together with the Town of View Royal and dozens of volunteers, we are working to create a new model of public park stewardship.
The orchard is home to a dizzying diversity of apples and a unique collection of other interesting fruits. All are welcome to explore this unique public treasure!
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, including an incredible collection of over 100 varieties of apple.
Rex was also passionate about native pollinators. He kept meticulous notes on their habits and life cycles, and built nesting structures and habitat for an impressive diversity of solitary wasps and bees.
To ensure the orchard would be protected and developed as a public asset, 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, working with the Town of View Royal to care for and develop this unique local treasure. Rex’s dedication to ecosystem health inspired many. With the help of our volunteers and supporters, we hope to build a public park that might help fulfill his ambitious dreams.
We share the knowledge of the orchard in a variety of ways. From March to October we host drop-in volunteer work parties – where seasonal tasks are led by our orchard coordinator.
We also host seasonally relevant workshops to support people in learning about: Pruning (February & July), Grafting (March & August) and Native Pollinators (October).
We provide hands-on education to volunteers interested in helping to care for and restore this unique heritage orchard.