The Orchard acts as a repository for rare and locally successful tree varieties that have survived the test of time and often years of neglect.

The Orchard began in January 2009 with the planting of 23 half standard apple trees. The second planting, in February 2010, brought the total number of fruit trees to 58.

There are 47 different named varieties: 35 half standards, 16 apple cordons, 4 espaliers (1 apple and 3 pears), 2 gage fans, a black mulberry and a quince.