Part of the deal in our holiday cottage is access to our orchard. The orchard is a one acre site with the River Ecclesbourne running along one side. The orchard can be accessed from the road, via a local bus, public footpath along the riverside or just a short walk from the local railway station (Ecclesbourne Valley Railway). There's a couple of great pubs nearby.
We took on the orchard site a couple of years ago. It was a piece of waste land overgrown with weeds and thorn bushes plus some un-managed woodland to one side. We've put a lot of work into clearing the land, rebuilding the hedges, installing fences, hanging new gates and planting fruit trees. We've even added a barbecue area as well. More detail can be found here.
The fruit trees are growing well and there some nice areas to set up a picnic on the grass.
Sadly though no one has yet taken up the offer to access the orchard. Here's hoping people will do so.