With the orchard project, we are taking the next step from community gardening in the city to supporting orchards in the city. At the Citizens Train Station in Plagwitz, we developed a 3400 square metre urban orchard meadow with emphasis on regional and heirloom fruit varieties. From apples to hawthorn, our space will be home to a multitude of fruit varieties, high, mid and low-stem; shrubs; and climber vines. As the site matures, there will be a site-specific planting of wildflowers, grasses and herbs.
Financial support for the orchard came from the LUSH Charity Pot.
Annalinde Obstgarten, Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz, Limburgerstraße corner of Röckener Straße, 04229 Leipzig
51°19’23.5″N / 12°19’20.7″E
In the Season 2016, we planted ground vegetation to foster ideal soil conditions, and the groundwater levels were surprisingly quick to balance. Accordingly, we were able to plant the first half of the orchard trees last autumn.
The Orchard was completed in 2017.
Because of the irregular distribution of the fruit trees throughout the orchard and the accumulations of dead wood and small shrubs in the space, the meadow orchard is rich in habitats and microbiotopes with diverse water and light conditions. In addition, there is the annual mowing or “grazing” of the space, which creates temporary habitats for high-growing grasses and herbs. These habitats encourage a variety of insects, reptiles and birds to populate the landscape and to interact to form a resilient ecosystem.
Therefore, in addition to the fruit production, the Meadow Orchard contributes to environmental preservation and urban biodiversity.
Citizens Train Station Plagwitz (Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz)
Since 2013, the approximately thirteen-hectare area of the former industrial train station Leipzig-Plagwitz is being transformed into the urban greening project “Gleis-Grün-Zug” (Platform-Green-Train). Between Karl-Heine-Straße and Schwarzstraße, green areas are being connected by bicycle and pedestrian paths. The Initiative Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz is cooperating to realise about 8000 square metres of local projects.
More information: www.buergerbahnhof-plagwitz.de
Sponsor a tree
Starting now, you can be a sponsor to a fruit tree in our orchard.
For only €8,25 per month, you contribute to the planting, watering, cutting and caring of the trees. Not only that– you will directly support this important effort to create a complete orchard meadow ecosystem in Leipzig.
A tree sponsorship is a living, growing gift!
As a sponsor, you will receive an annual letter from your tree, with info on harvest quantity, growth, illnesses etc. as well as an invitation to the annual party in the orchard. Of course, you can also pitch in on the planting and harvesting while taking part in pruning, care courses, and other offerings.
The current planting list (July 2018) is here:
Please contact us for more information. We are happy to answer any questions!
Donated planted trees
The following trees were donated for planting:
- Hedelfinger Riesenkirsche [giant cherry], Joblinge AG
- Hauszwetschge [house plum] „Wolff“, General Consulate, Czech Republic
- Grävensteiner Herbstapfel [autumn apple], BUND Leipzig
- Anna Späth [plum], Joblinge AG
- Korbiniansapfel/KZ-3 [apple], Pfarrgarten Saxdorf (Karl-Heinz Zahn and Hans-Peter Bethke)