Filwood Community Centre plant apple trees donated by Thatchers

Filwood Community Centre plant apple trees donated by Thatchers

Posted on: 28 Mar 2024

It’s tree planting season and Filwood Community Centre will soon be adding apple trees to their brand-new outdoor garden space thanks to a donation from cider giants, Thatchers.


The trees are courtesy of Thatchers Community Orchard Project, who – as part of their 2024 apple tree planting season – is helping community groups, charities, and schools all over the UK to plant more trees this spring, blending their ongoing care for the environment with their natural passion for apple trees.


For more information, head to the Thatchers Cider website.



Filwood Community Centre is in the process of redevelopment and expansion, including changing the way their outdoor spaces are used. With help from volunteers, they’ve built a large planter for both edible and decorative plants and aim to develop this further in the coming months.


The aim is to build a welcoming space for the whole community to get involved in, whether it’s growing fruit and veg or simply relaxing. As part of their Community Orchard Project, Thatchers have sent a selection of apple varieties, including eating apple Cox, popular cooking apple Bramley, and Katy – which is perfect for cider making.


Speaking about the project, Jenna Graves (Filwood Community Centre’s Development Manager) has said: “Our redevelopment plans open up new ways for us to work with the amazing community in Knowle West.


“This isn’t just a building, it’s the centre of our community and we want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in activities they love. By repurposing some of our outdoor spaces, and with generous donations from local businesses including Thatchers, we will now be able to offer gardening activities.”


Fourth-generation cider maker, Martin Thatcher, who planted his first apple trees aged just five, added: “From a single apple tree to a community orchard, it can make such a difference to people’s well-being which is why we’re delighted to be donating these apple trees through our Community Orchard Project.”

If you would like to find out more about gardening opportunities at Filwood Community Centre, get in touch HERE.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.